Lakeside Middle School Students Experience STEM Day Activities
By Melanie Zayas, SNJ Today Reporter
MILLVILLE, N.J. -
Students from Lakeside Middle School took a break from the books to immerse themselves in STEM activities that teachers say could be a bigger part of their high school course curriculum.
From launching honeydews across the parking lot to operating robots, Lakeside Middle School students had an event-filled STEM day.
The District Supervisor of Math and Science, Bobby Barber, says the event helps students become exposed to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
“A lot of the fields that are out there nowadays that you don’t even think of involving technology or robotics, especially the trash truck that comes, you know, there’s a robotic arm that comes and picks that up. Somebody had to design that and program that,” said Barber.
Aaron Righter, a Millville High School teacher, says he is happy to give Lakeside students a look into what they would do in one of his computer science classes.
“There’s so many jobs right now that are gonna be available to kids with technology skills, skills in technology," said Righter. "We have so many kids that don’t have computers at home, they don’t have opportunities at home to play with.”
Righter says STEM careers will make for a bright future for this generation.
“When I was growing up we didn’t really have anything like this so it’s really impressive," said Righter. "If people really haven’t had the opportunity to check out what education is doing these days, it's a really good opportunity to go to something like this.”