Getting Students and Businesses Involved with STEM Fest

May 2, 2013

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Ahead of the STEM Festival in South Washington in September, Leadership Clark County and Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council are inviting local businesses to participate in a series of programs over three days to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics among youth of all ages.

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The STEM activities will include in-school events on September 20, with hands-on demonstrations, and the opportunity for students and their families to speak with seasoned STEM professionals about their careers. Other offsite activities and expeditions will take place on September 21 and 22.  Educators are encouraged to participate in activities to foster student interest in the STEM field.

According to The Columbian, 30 businesses have offered to participate in the STEM activities, including  engineering and planning company Maul Foster Alongi, HDR Engineering and Sigma Designs. The Woodland Lego Robotics team will visit middle schools that sign up to host the group. The team will demonstrate the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits and get  students to participate in a robotics competition.

In addition to business participants, the event’s sponsors are also seeking volunteers to help with daily activities. For more information on the upcoming event, check out the STEM Fest website.

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