2019 United Airlines AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium

Presented by Boeing

November 10-12, 2019
United Airlines Flight Training Center | 7500 E 35th Ave. | Denver, CO
DoubleTree by Hilton Denver | 3203 Quebec St. | Denver, CO

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The 2019 AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium brings dedicated educators from around the nation for two full days of sharing insights, ideas, and best practices for starting and building aviation STEM programs.

The AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium is the ONLY high school event in the nation that specifically targets aviation and aerospace content.

The need for pilots, aerospace engineers, scientists, technologists, and technicians continues to grow. Industry forecasts project shortfalls in many of these fields. The AOPA Aviation STEM Symposium is a great opportunity for educators and administrators to discover how they can prepare students for success in these exciting and well-paying careers.


  • Speakers EXPERT SPEAKERSLearn from leading edge pioneers in aviation, STEM, and career and technical education communities.
  • Sessions MORE BREAKOUT SESSIONSWith more than 15 sessions, customize your symposium experience for lasting impact.
  • Time TIME FOR YOUNumerous networking opportunities to talk with other passionate, mission-minded educators like you.
  • TOURSNumerous networking opportunities to talk with other passionate, mission-minded educators like you.
  • Explore EXPLOREThere’s lots to see and do, including Churchill Downs, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Muhammad Ali Center, the Kentucky Science Center, and more!

Why Attend?

Come learn from the experts in aviation education. Join us for two full days of breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities you will not want to miss.

The AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium is your chance to get to know the leaders in the field. Our speakers come with a wealth of experience in education, aviation, aerospace, and more. They will share lessons learned and provide fresh ideas to take back to your classrooms. We've added more time for breakout sessions designed to help you get the most out of your experience, whether you're interested in starting an aviation program, adding aviation content to STEM classes, or enhancing an existing aviation initiative at your school.

The excitement about aviation education from participants at this symposium creates an energized atmosphere you'll find nowhere else!


    Hear from leaders in the STEM education community and the aviation industry, including keynote speakers Ricky Arnold, Astronaut, NASA (invited); Bryan Quigley, Senior Vice President of Flight Operations, United Airlines; Eric Allison, Head of Elevate, Uber Technologies; and Lt General Jacqueline Van Ovost, United States Air Force.


    We'll focus on topics such as how to pitch an aviation program to your administration, integrating technology into your aviation classroom, how to become a drone pilot, and bringing AOPA's free aviation STEM curriculum to your school.


    We know our attendees love exhibits so we’re expanding the exhibit area this year to include industry experts, collegiate aviation programs, and more. Plus, there will be more focused time to explore the exhibits.


    Are you looking to gain input and inspiration from like-minded and passionate educators? Join us for great networking opportunities with fellow participants, including educators, administrators, university faculty, and industry leaders.


    This year’s symposium features a behind-the-scenes tour of the U.S. Air Force Academy. From the cutting-edge technology in labs and research centers to the stunning midcentury modern architecture on campus, see where aviation and military leaders launch their careers. See firsthand the redesigned athletic and military training facilities that foster competition and leadership development. Experience history through military exhibits at Arnold Hall and monuments in the famed Honor Court. And experience the campus that creates fighter pilot aces and four-star generals during this full-day tour. (Additional cost of $45.)

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  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday

Sunday, November 10, 2019

  • 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.U.S. Air Force Academy Tour
    Departing from DoubleTree by Hilton Denver.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Registration Open
    DoubleTree by Hilton Denver
  • 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Exhibit Area Open
    DoubleTree by Hilton Denver

Monday, November 11, 2019

  • 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.Breakfast, Exhibit Area Open
    DoubleTree by Hilton Denver
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.Shuttles to United Airlines Flight Training Center
  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Opening General Session: United Airlines Flight Training Center
    Featuring Bryan Quigley, SVP United Airlines Flight Ops
  • 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.AOPA’s High School Initiative and Resources
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.BREAKOUT SESSIONS
  • 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.General Session: Featuring Lt. Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, United States Air Force
  • 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.BREAKOUT SESSIONS
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.BREAKOUT SESSIONS
  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Shuttles to DoubleTree by Hilton Denver
  • 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Dinner Reception, Exhibit Area Open
    DoubleTree by Hilton Denver

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

  • 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.Breakfast, Exhibit Area Open
    DoubleTree by Hilton Denver
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.Shuttles to United Airlines Flight Training Center
  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Opening General Session
    Featuring Ricky Arnold, NASA Astronaut (INVITED)
  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.BREAKOUT SESSIONS
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 a.m.Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.General Session: Featuring Eric Allison, Head of Elevate, Uber Technologies
  • 1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Closing and 2020 Symposium Announcement
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.Shuttles to DoubleTree by Hilton Denver

*Agenda subject to change. Please check back often for session descriptions and speakers.

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Where to Stay


AOPA has reserved a block of rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver (3203 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207) from November 10 to 13, 2019 at a group rate of $114 per night plus tax. Participants are responsible to book and pay for their own rooms. Make your reservation early to ensure the block rate.

The negotiated room rate will be available until Friday, October 11, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. We strongly recommend booking your room early as the block of rooms usually sells out quickly.

Complimentary wireless Internet access in all guestrooms and meeting spaces. Ensure your special rate by reserving your room today or call reservations at 303-321-3333. Be sure to mention your reservation is for “Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)” to receive your group rate.

Symposium Registration

Registration Includes

  • Admission Three Days of Activities and SessionsAdmission to the entire symposium and attendance to all education sessions, exhibit area, and networking opportunities. The AFA tour is an additional cost.
  • Networking NetworkingThere are many opportunities to network with your peers from Sunday through Tuesday. Mingle with colleagues at our new Monday evening dinner reception, including cocktails and dinner stations.
  • MealsBreakfast and lunch are included on Monday and Tuesday of the symposium and a dinner reception is included on Monday evening!


    Through Sept. 13

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  • $300

    Beginning September 14

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations are required to be made in writing for any applicable refund to be processed. No refund will be provided for cancellations received after Monday, October 21, 2019.

Keynote Speakers

Eric Allison

Head of Elevate Uber Technologies, Inc.

Ricky Arnold (Invited)

NASA, Astronaut

Lt. Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost

United States Air Force

Bryan Quigley

United Airlines, Senior Vice President of Flight Operations


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Sponsors / Exhibitors

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this year’s symposium? We have many options for you! Check out our 2019 AOPA Symposium Prospectus and determine what might be a good fit for your organization.

To become a sponsor, please email us at [email protected]. To register as an exhibitor, click here. Space is limited, so register early to ensure your space.


Title Sponsor

United Airlines

Presenting Sponsor


Major Sponsors

  • United States Airforce
  • American Airlines


  • Kansas State University
  • Redbird Flight
  • California Aeronautical University


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