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In 2012, Palm Beach State College launched a major initiative to impact the projected shortage of local, skilled professionals in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields so critical to maintaining our economy’s competitive edge. The goal of the initiative is to prepare students for the high-paying, high-demand positions that are available in these industries. We are proud of our efforts to provide a well-rounded and better prepared workforce for the community. Read about our past STEAM events below.


2019

Feb. 20, 2019
James Patterson, Author

World’s bestselling author and Palm Beach resident James Patterson made clear the role Palm Beach State plays in the community, “This is a gem of a school and the heart of Palm Beach County.” Patterson, whose philanthropic outreach is as impressive as his storytelling prowess, told event moderator Suzanne Boyd and a Kravis Center crowd of nearly 600 that he had been so “stunned” by the impressive work happening at the College that he would be establishing scholarships for the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County. While his scholarships are benefitting students, James Patterson’s words and praise are showing the community that Palm Beach County’s best kept secret is a story worth sharing.


2018

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Feb. 8, 2018
Dr. Guy Harvey, Marine Biologist & Artist

Artist, conservationist, angler, diver, scientist, entrepreneur and explorer; those are some of the many achievements that describe Dr. Guy Harvey's impressive career.

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2017

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Feb. 1, 2017
Pitbull, Music Artist

The Grammy award winner has recorded hundreds of songs and sold more than 70 million singles, with No. 1 hits in more than 15 countries.

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2016

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Feb. 10, 2016
Danica Patrick, NASCAR Driver

Raised in Roscoe, Ill., Patrick began go-karting at the age of 10, winning numerous titles, including three World Karting Association Grand National Championships. She then moved to England to compete in European road racing, before returning to the States to drive the IndyCar Series and now NASCAR.

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2015

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Feb. 5, 2015
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist

Tyson is the director of Manhattan’s Hayden Planetarium and host of 2014’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” a continuation of Carl Sagan’s 1980 PBS miniseries exploring the infinite reaches of space and time. He holds 18 honorary doctorates and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the agency’s highest award given to a non-governmental citizen.

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2014

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Jan. 30, 2014
John Lithgow, Actor

Best known for his iconic roles in film and on television and stage, John Lithgow is passionate about the role creativity and the arts can play in expanding the traditional approach to education, literacy -- and life!

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May 22, 2014
Dr. Randall Smith, Astrophysicist

With nearly 25 years of experience as a researcher and scientist, Smith is working with X-ray emitting light forms to discover clues to the basic building blocks of the universe. He uses art and imagery from space photos of the cosmos to explain how scientific breakthroughs change our world. His current project includes a global collaboration called “Aesthetics and Astronomy.”

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2013

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2013
Steve "The Woz" Wozniak,
Co-Founder of Apple Computer Inc.

A Silicon Valley icon, Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple Computer Inc. with Steve Jobs in 1976 and was the designer of Apple's first line of products, the Apple I and II. Known as "The Woz," he is internationally recognized as an inventor, scientist, innovator and philanthropist strongly committed to the arts.

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