At the 2019 Invention Convention & STEM Open House AshBritt team members educated Bay County residents on the scope of recovery efforts in Bay County. The Panama City event drew local students from elementary through college from Bay District Schools, GCSC and FSU PC. AshBritt’s display stood alongside displays and demonstrations from local students.

AshBritt believes educating and providing resources for young people to understand long term recovery in their communities is paramount to the future of a strong disaster response industry. Disaster response and recovery provides a number of opportunities for students to apply STEM concepts they learn in school to their everyday lives. In addition to the educational benefits, these kinds of opportunities provide a better basis of understanding of how their community is recovering as a whole. The Hurricane Michael recovery display focused on making the sheer scope of recovery efforts comprehendible to attendees. Boxes measuring a cubic yard were stacked in front of a debris removal truck. Alongside a display comparing the boxes to the area in the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium.

AshBritt looks forward to fostering more conversations about community recovery and disaster response efforts for young people across the United States. AshBritt participates in events like these to create the spark that grows into a passion to learn more about the practical applications of STEM concepts and STEM career paths.

The mission of the Invention Convention, a partnership among Florida State University Panama City, Gulf Coast State College, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division and Bay District Schools, is to nurture interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that perpetuates a pipeline of expertise for our local military, public and private enterprises and assures access to successful careers for our youth.