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Power Ranch STEM Night

Posted By Lisa H, Monday, March 2, 2015

Local businesses and community groups took an active role last week in Arizona SciTech Festival’s STEM Night at Power Ranch Elementary. Representatives from many east valley businesses, such as SRP, Heliae, SubZero Ice Cream, Tech Shop, Dignity Kids Inc., Hunt & Caraway and ASU Polytechnic Robotics were there to share their expertise and engage students in future career exploration. Each represented group presented interactive displays that showed students how science, technology, engineering and math are used in the world outside of school. As Andrew Payne, Production Engineer for Heliae, describes, ‘Our society has become quite advanced, and in order for us to continue to progress, we will need to rely on the rising generation.  They are the future of our society.  It is inspiring to see these children in their child-like innocence experience the beginnings of a curiosity that may flourish over time into a passion and drive them to move science forward.  We are simply planting seeds that may grow in these young people to lead them to contribute significantly to science and our communities.”

These types of business engagements with STEM education can be fulfilling for both students and the employees involved. As Jenna Lloyd-Randolfi, Heliae Development Engineer say, “Our booth provides an opportunity for the community to get to know Heliae, and for local students to get to meet real scientists and engineers that live and work in their neighborhoods. One of the influencing factors of kids’ interest in STEM is whether or not young students get to meet people that work in those fields- and now they can. Additionally, I am passionate about promoting engineering among girls, and  I love hearing them say science is their favorite subject. Now I just need to get them to like math just as much.”

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