Great STEM Expo exposes local middle school students to various gadgets, future career opportunities

SALISBURY, Md. – The Great STEM Expo made a return Saturday morning at Salisbury Middle School.

The NexGen STEM Academy spearheads the initiative. The academy is available to 50 students in Wicomico County grades 6th-8th who are interested in STEM related fields.

The free event included guest speakers, live demonstrations, and more. Attendees also got the chance to speak with industry professionals like UMES’ engineering department.

Organizers says the goal is to foster students love for STEM to hopefully bolster the pipeline of future professionals. “The program we’re apart of and events like this are to keep that momentum going so that they can move to the next level and then look at careers and job opportunities beyond their K-12 career,” Program Founder Chad Pavlekovich said.

We’re told students currently apart of the academy are also diving into a variety of environmental concerns that impact Delmarva.

Even after they finish with the academy, we’re told alumni students remain involved in a volunteer capacity and more.

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