Selah Middle School students wanted to be STEM like them, as they recently worked with local professionals to learn about the opportunities of science-connected careers.
As the first local school chosen to participate in the recently launched “STEM Like Me!” program affiliated with Washington STEM, Selah students had a hands-on introduction to future career pathways related to science, technology, engineering and math. As part of the event, students rotated through four learning sessions where professionals from local businesses explained how the application of science, technology, engineering and math were relevant to their jobs. Students also enjoyed hands-on demonstrations where STEM concepts were applied to work related tasks. Additionally, the STEM mentors provided information to students about employment opportunities, educational interests and career paths youth can take in preparing to work in a STEM related field.
Local businesses participating during the STEM Like Me!” event included Tree Top, Matson Fruit, Washington State Department of Transportation, HLA Engineering and Surveying, Yakima Chief Hops, and Pacific Power.