Local students learn new skills at STEM Festival
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Wednesday night was a big night for area students as UMES put on its fourth annual STEM and STEAM Festival.
Those who attended experienced robotics, a flight simulator, virtual reality goggles, 3-D printing, electronic demos and other STEM and STEAM related activities.
The mission of the Festival is to encourage all students regardless of background and experience to take a greater interest in STEM with the hope they will pursue a related or career field.
“The problem is that the precursor training needed in order to fulfill these jobs is not happening. And that often times needs to start as young as in first grade. The math skills, the science skills that are needed for them to succeed in college, get the degrees they need to go into college in these fields, starts all the way back when they’re 5, or even 6 years old,” said Mark Demorra, a 4-H STEM educator for Somerset County Public Schools.
The festival is put on in collaboration with Somerset County Public Schools.
Officials tell us this festival gives their students more opportunities in science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics.
One family we talked with said their kids look forward to this event every year.
“Other students want to become engineers, marine biologists, and I think certain activities in here can help out other students in different ways,” said ninth grade student at Washington Academy High School, Richard Hankerson.
The event is geared toward kids K to 12. Students from across Somerset County Public Schools have participated all four years.