Plains Eighth-Graders Experience College, Career Choices at 'Discover STEM' Conference

Plains Eighth-Graders Experience College, Career Choices at 'Discover STEM' Conference
Posted on 10/20/2017
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plains students looking through VR glassesPlains Junior School eighth-graders accounted for nearly a quarter of the area students who attended the recent Discover STEM Conference, a college and career fair hosted by the Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC).

The event helped familiarize students with area businesses and educational institutions that have a focus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students spent an entire day rotating among interactiveplains students at stem conference workshops centered on such industries and educational pathways as health and medical sciences, robotics technology, construction engineering, agricultural, architectural, and more.

Plains students experienced everything from welding, robotics and virtual reality to the science behind making chocolate and a team-building activity mimicking an escape room. A "Tinker Tank" session allowed students to bounce among several different hands-on stations, working independently or in teams, to design and create without restriction.

"Experiences like these help our students get excited about learning and help them see high-demand professions as possible futures," said Plains Junior math teacher Aaron Nunley. "It's great to have the support of the BCESC to bring together students and professionals from all over the county."  

A release from the BCESC shared the conference's goal: "To make a positive difference in the lives of young men and women, especially as they think about STEM-related careers. The College and Career Fair will allow the students to learn directly from industry professionals what a specific career and/or educational pathway might be like for them, what they need to focus on in their studies to prepare, and what goals they need to focus on to succeed."