“Preparing Kids for Innovation”

 Join us as we study the art of science and the science of art! Does science fiction inspire NASA? How does JPL use art to explain science? What skills do students need for the jobs of tomorrow in creative innovation?

Friday, February 24, 2017
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Hosted at
The Colony Theatre
555 N Third St, Burbank, CA 91502

 With Panelists:
Jessie Kawata, Creative Strategist and Industrial Design Lead, JPL
Mark Hatch, CEO, Maker Partners
David Card, Physics and Engineering Teacher, Burbank High School
Andre Bormanis, Writer, Producer and Science Consultant, Star Trek

Sponsored by

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Mark your calendar for this special one-night-only event, where our experts and educators will dive into the creative world of science and discover the innovative careers of the future!

Join us to gain insights and tips at this one hour thought provoking conversation, followed by a hosted wine and cheese reception.

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General Admission: $20
Current Community Circles Members: $10

BUSD High School Students FREE with Student ID thanks to the generosity of a grant from Edelman.
Current Circle of Champions Members receive complimentary tickets as a benefit of their membership.

Contact Saundra Montijo to reserve your BUSD Student ticket or Circle of Champions tickets at Saundra@BurbankArtsforAll.org


Our Esteemed Panelists:

Jessie Kawata for webJessie Kawata
Creative Strategist and Industrial Design Lead

Jessie Kawata is Creative Strategist and Lead Industrial Designer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Her passion for science led her to NASA where she helped to pioneer their very first in-house design and art studio. With a background in product design from ArtCenter College of Design and an MBA experience at INSEAD, Jessie has been able to spearhead the integration of design-thinking, creative methodologies, and research strategy into early space mission concepts as a lead in NASA JPL’s Innovation Foundry. In addition, Jessie has led anthropology studies for Kennedy Space Center, research investigations for a NASA drought indicator proposal in support of the National Climate Assessment, co-led an interplanetary mission concept involving high-def cinematography,  and is currently working on a mission concept investigation about robots on Venus. When she is not staring into space, Jessie teaches part-time at ArtCenter and loves to sail tall ships with the LA Maritime Institute.


Mark HatchMark Hatch
Maker Partners

Innovation revolutionary. Mark Hatch is helping to drive global innovation by arming the creative class with the tools they need to change the world.

Mr. Hatch is an executive with proven expertise in strategy, marketing, business development, product management, product development, IT, technology and creating competitive advantage through innovation and operational execution.

Author – The Maker Movement Manifesto
“Who’s Next” Arial Schwartz – Fast Company
“Biz Dev Ninja” Wade Roush – Xconomy
“Bay Area’s Most Admired CEO’s” – San Francisco Business Times
Speaker – Maker Movement, Innovation, Motivation

Mark has spoken at The White House and at events such as SXSW, Techonomy, TEDx, Singularity University and The Clinton Global Initiative among many others.


David CardDavid Card
Physics and Engineering Teacher
Burbank High School

David Card has been teaching Physics and AP Physics at Burbank High School for the last 6 years. This year is his first year teaching the Introduction to Engineering Career Technical Education (CTE) course. In addition to teaching, he also coaches track & field and is the advisor for the Solar Cup Team. The Solar Cup Team builds a 16-foot electrically powered, solar re-charged racing boat. The team will compete in May against approximately 50 other Southern California high schools.

Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Card had been employed for 20 years in the chemical coatings industry. His degree is in Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science from the University of Southern California. His last position was Plant Manager for the Valspar Corporation in Gardena, California.



Andre Bormanis for webAndre Bormanis
Writer, Producer and Science Consultant
Star Trek

Andre was born in Chicago, but grew up in Arizona, where the dark night skies encouraged his love of astronomy and space science. He holds a B.S. in physics, and a Master’s in science, technology and space policy, earned under a NASA Space Grant Fellowship at The George Washington University. He became the science consultant for the Star Trek TV and film franchise in 1993, and was soon writing episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. He became a full-time writer and eventually co-producer on Star Trek: Enterprise. He then served as a writer-producer on the CBS TV series Threshold and Eleventh Hour, the syndicated series Legend of the Seeker, and Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising. He also worked as a consultant on the FOX / National Geographic production of Cosmos. Most recently, he was a writer and co-executive producer on the National Geographic miniseries Mars, and is currently a writer and supervising producer of the upcoming Fox series Orville, starring Seth MacFarlane.  In 2014, he was elected to the board of directors of the Griffith Observatory fundraising nonprofit organization, Friends Of The Observatory.


Burbank Arts for All Foundation hosts these forums to bring together our community in support of the arts, arts education and creative innovation in Burbank.

Become a Circle of Champions member of the Burbank Arts for All Foundation and receive complimentary tickets to future Creative Circles Forum membership events!

Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s mission is to ensure every student in Burbank public schools receives a quality arts education as part of their core curriculum.



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