Thursday December 8, 2022 | Mesa Convention Center

X-STEM Phoenix

Plan a Field Trip That Will Ignite Your Students' Curiosity About STEM
Emcee Bogi Lateiner

What to Expect at X-STEM

X-STEM Phoenix is a FREE in-person CONFERENCE-STYLE event for middle and high school students designed to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Attendees will be inspired by presentations from leading STEM role models, participate in Q&A sessions, learn by doing in hands-on workshops, interact with students from all over the county, and have fun while learning about exciting career opportunities in STEM!  Emcee Bogi Lateiner, A.S.E. Master Technician, Educator, and Host of  MotorTrend’s All Girls Garage & Garage Squad, will host the full-day event.

Registered attendees and school groups attending for the full day* will be assigned to view four stage presentations and one hands-on workshop session. *We understand that sometimes schools are required to leave the event early. Due to limited seating, we may not be able to assign early departing schools to a hands-on workshop. 

X-STEM Phoenix is presented by West Pharma and the U.S. Space Force.  Workshops are sponsored by the U.S. Air Force. Swag bags provided by Snap-on.

Thursday, December 8, 2022  |  9:30am to 2:00 pm MST  |  Mesa Convention Center

Emcee Bogi Lateiner
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Middle and High School Students in grades 6-12


Free in-person conference featuring presentations and hands-on workshops given by STEM role models


Thursday December 8, 2022, 9:30am to 2pm, at the Mesa Convention Center

Speakers & Workshop Presenters
Astrophysicist, Writer, and Star Trek Science Advisor

Dr. Erin Macdonald

Hear from this astrophysicist who combines her love of science fiction with her seasoned experience as a researcher, engineer, educator, and storyteller. 

Deputy Base Civil Engineer

Lt Col Cassandra McCloud

Hear from this Deputy Base Civil Engineer from Goldwater Air National Guard Base.

Aerospace Engineer and musician

Roy Moye III

Get inspired by this engineer and grammy nominated musical artist!  Hear about his personal journey to become an aerospace engineer and sing along to his STEM-inspired tunes.

West Pharmaceutical Services Research & Development

Liat Shochat

She’s a Sr. Director for Wearable Delivery Systems R&D at West Pharmaceutical Services.

Robotics Researcher

Dr. Thomas Sugar

This Arizona State University robotics researcher designs wearable robotics, such as exoskeletons, that make work easier.


Robotics, Self-Driving Cars, Drones, and AI

Join Education Empowers and have fun as you learn about robotics, drones, self-driving cars, and Artificial intelligence (AI). See how AI can transform photos and images, help with your homework essays, and create a cartoon character that looks just like you! From understanding sensors to programming robot missions, this workshop will equip you with fun and experience in programming robots or drones and understanding AI.


The Whys and Hows of Law Enforcement Forensic & Robotic Tactics

Join the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for a forensic overview of Latent Fingerprints, Exemplar Collection, Presumptive Blood Testing and Robotics. Learn about the whys and hows of a few law enforcement forensic tactics, such as how to properly dust smooth or nonporous surfaces with fingerprint powder, obtain a reaction from stains on cloth material, and the proper way to do an exemplar collection. You’ll also learn about how robotics is used at a Law Enforcement capacity, along with meeting two of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office robots.


The New World of Tech, Exploring Computers on Wheels and Beyond

Did you know that new cars today have more computer power than the space shuttle?  Join TechForce to explore how the world of tech and hands-on careers goes way further than the classic wrench. From circuit boards to volt meters, we’ll spend time using hands-on activities to understand the intersection between technicians and technology on the ground and in the air.


Have You Ever Wondered About Drug Delivery Systems?

Join West Pharmaceuticals to learn about innovative technologies used in drug delivery systems including 3D-printing technologies, plastic molding, and 3D computer tomography.

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