An event designed to spark interest in science and engineering-related careers is coming to the Grants Pass airport this week.

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) general public event will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the airport, 1441 Brookside Blvd., in the Dutch Bros hangar, according to a news release. The event is open to the public, though attendees should sign up online at, or by calling 541-776-6766, according to SOESD official Debbie Vought.

The event is intended to generate interest in science- and math-related jobs, with a focus on aviation and engineering. Attendees will learn about after-school airplane building projects, STEAM-focused summer camps, and how to earn scholarships for pilot training.

The event's keynote speaker will be Shaesta Waiz, the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single engine aircraft solo. Waiz, a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, mentors young women interested in pursuing an education in aviation and engineering.