ARCHBOLD, OHIO – Nearly two hundred junior high and high school students recently took part in “We are STEMM” at Northwest State Community College. The day-long event allowed students to explore careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine.
“As Ohio attempts to attract new businesses, it has become clear that the state must have a trained, skilled workforce,” said Lynda Cramer, coordinator of the event. “Events like this are designed to introduce students to growing career fields and show them the educational paths that can lead to those jobs.”
Students participated in hands-on activities including using robots, exploring plastics engineering by creating slime, and more. Faculty members from Northwest State presented the sessions and helped students understand how science, technology, engineering, math and medicine are utilized in a variety of careers.
“Activities like designing a wind turbine and comparing different types of solar panels show students how mechanical and electrical engineering skills can translate into careers,” said Cramer. “Seeing concepts at work helps make math and science more accessible, which helps keep students interested.”
Students from Columbus Grove, Defiance, Edgerton, Fairview, Leipsic, Napoleon, North Central, Pettisville, Tinora and Wauseon participated in this year’s event.