This year Boeing celebrates its 100 year anniversary—marking a “century of innovation” for the global aerospace company.
You ca be part of the experience by attending Boeing’s Above and Beyond Exhibition at the new Gaillard Center, happening now through March 13. This free exhibit offers interactive activities such as immersive simulations, design challenges and more. Visitors can even design—and test-fly—their own supersonic jet. It’s fun and enriching for both children and adults.
“It’s designed to inspire and engage the next generation of aerospace workers,” said Jessica Jackson, Boeing’s global corporate citizenship manager. “It’s also an opportunity for us to showcase the future of aerospace innovation and hopefully inspire a new generation into STEM education and advanced manufacturing.”
The exhibit is just one of the many examples of how Boeing is growing a STEM workforce in the region. In fact, of the approximately $180 million Boeing and its employees donate each year to educational and charitable initiatives, more than half are focused around STEM. Boeing South Carolina also has a program called Dream Learners, which brings middle school students to the facility to promote STEM awareness. Plus, Boeing employees frequently visit local high school classrooms to educate students on how to prepare for careers in STEM.
In addition to Boeing’s work, other local programs are fueling the talent pipeline for the region’s STEM-based economy. For example, 21 of the region’s public high schools across three school districts now have “Career Academies,” which offer specialized courses to prepare students for future jobs in STEM and other advanced industries.
Since Boeing broke ground in North Charleston in 2009 to establish its 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery line, the company has hired thousands of workers in the region and has expanded to include new operations, such as Boeing Centers of Excellence for IT, Research & Technology, and Engineering Design.
In fact, Boeing South Carolina delivered its 100th North Charleston-made Dreamliner to American Airlines this month. The Charleston region is proud to be a part of Boeing’s history of innovation and looks forward to many more years of growth and opportunity.