Pictured: BETA Team member Aaron Grossman takes GIV students Will Patnoe from Craftsbury, Ty Duell from Lincoln and Kenneth Moran from Starksboro on a tour of Electric Aerospace Headquarters. Photo credit: Candace Hope
Vermont Business Magazine After two years of virtual programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) is once again hosting its signature in-person summer programs. More than 500 students in grades 10-12, representing seventy-five high schools from across Vermont, spend 1-2 weeks on a college campus immersing themselves deep in the subjects they love: the arts, Astronomy, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science and Technology, Global Issues and Youth Action, Health and Medicine, Mathematical Science and Technology and Design.
The GIV kicked off the 2022 summer semester at Champlain College with the Technology & Design Institute. Celebrates 20 yearse year, this institute offers tech-savvy students the opportunity to explore the intersection between art and science and hone their ability to develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
Pictured: GIV student Addison Mayhew from Bristol smiles while experiencing flight in BETA’s electric airplane simulator. Photo credit: Candace Hope
Partnership with local businesses is part of the program. Nearly 70 students visited BETA Technologies to learn about the design and development process of their all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and charging infrastructure. Students learned directly from Vermonters working at the forefront of the electric aerospace industry, and some got to “fly” the plane in a flight simulator. “I feel a spark of excitement when I look at the technology being developed here,” said Rutland High School student Marko Svoren. “A lot of the tools used are resources that were openly taught to me and my friends at a young age. And I can see the application of the knowledge we gain through this experience, both in both inside and outside our schools.
Students saw firsthand what a future in STEM could look like and a better understanding of the qualities sought by local employers. Craftsbury student Will Patnoe said: “It was amazing to see all this technology in action. I hope to be able to work there one day!
GIV Executive Director Elizabeth Frascoia commented on the benefits of this kind of first-hand experience, “Collaborating with cutting-edge, real-world mentors like the folks at BETA helps illuminate the tangible pathways our students can take to make a difference in our state and beyond.” Shannon Walters, co-director of technology and design, adds: “The BETA team has demonstrated exactly what we want our students to learn at GIV: that solving complex problems involves many attempts along the way, and that professionals continue to learn and support each other by creating a culture that encourages new ideas.
The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that welcomes corporate sponsorships and individual donations to help fund GIV’s efforts to provide high-quality programming to all interested Vermont students. , regardless of family finances. If you are able to donate, please call 802-865-4448 or visit www.giv.org/support. Interested high school students can apply for the 2023 sessions starting in January.
About BETA Technologies
BETA Technologies is an electric aerospace company creating a new paradigm for the transportation of goods and people. A resolutely focused team is building ALIA, our all-electric net zero aircraft and accompanying multimodal charging infrastructure to deliver an end-to-end solution that enables greener, safer and more efficient transportation. Safety and pragmatism are the guiding principles, guiding all elements of the design and business model – from sleek redundancies on the aircraft to the company’s cargo-focused approach to the market.
BETA team members bring deep experience from leading global organizations and take a hands-on, multidisciplinary approach to solving challenges and driving innovation. Each team member has the opportunity to obtain flight certification at no cost, which allows for a first-hand understanding of aircraft systems and engineering.