STEM Day 2016

By 03/07/2016

By Kip Gasper 

At Schuler, we understand the importance and value of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in today’s society and giving our Scholars access to explore STEM has always been one of our priorities.

On Saturday, February 27, Schuler Scholars across all of our partnership High Schools participated in our second annual STEM Day at Maine East High School. While the program is not mandatory, around 36 Scholars with an interest in math, science and other STEM subjects attended the event to learn more about education and career opportunities in these fields.

The day started off with a panel discussion with STEM professionals from across all fields and organizations including Silgan Closures, Northwestern University, Teza Technologies, Sargent & Lundy and WMS Gaming. The panelists talked about their educational paths, how they chose their major  and the nature of their studies and work. They answered a wide variety of questions from the scholars. After lunch, Scholars worked in groups on an egg drop activity where they designed and built a contraption out of limited materials that would prevent an egg from breaking when dropped.

Teza’s Alanna Weisberg commented “The event was really great! The kids asked awesome questions about STEM, college and future careers. The other panelists had great advice as well and were from a very wide variety of STEM backgrounds.”

STEM day is just one of many programs Schuler offers Scholars. All Scholars are required to take four years of math and science courses, including Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Schuler also offers Math and Science Enrichment Programming during free periods, giving Scholars an opportunity to work one-on-one with STEM Scholar Coaches. Last but not least, all freshmen are required to attend a STEM exposure throughout the year. This past weekend, Zion Benton Scholars attended the Museum of Science and Industry while Scholars from the Lindblom Math & Science Academy attended the Adler Planetarium, providing yet another opportunity for interested Scholars to pursue their enthusiasm for this critical field.

 

Kip Gasper is the STEM Program Manager at Schuler. Before joining Schuler, Kip taught mathematics and computer programming for 35 years. Since joining Schuler in fall of 2011, Kip has worked with other staff members to develop the STEM programs that Schuler offers, including STEM day.

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