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St. Clairsville -- Belmont College, in conjunction with College Tech Prep, hosted the Third Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Expo for local 8th grade students on Friday, March 17. The expo was held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Horizon Hall at the Main Campus in St. Clairsville. Students from the following middle schools attended the event: Bridgeport, St. Clairsville, and Woodsfield.
The purpose of the STEM Expo is to increase student awareness of a variety of STEM careers. "All young Americans should be educated to be STEM capable no matter where they live, what educational path they pursue or in which field they choose to work." said Crissy D'Aquila, Coordinator, Tech Prep and Recruiting. "STEM jobs are the jobs of the future, as they are essential for developing our technological innovation and global competitiveness."
Serving as keynote speaker for the event was Barnesville, Ohio native Major Joseph W. Stenger. Major Stenger is currently an F-35A Instructor Pilot and Operations Group Executive Officer in the 56th Operations Group, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. He attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University graduating Suma Cum Lade with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science and while earning his commission through ROTC. Major Stenger is a seasoned fighter pilot with over 1450 hours in both the F-35A and F-15E, including 332 combat hours.
Stenger told students that anything is possible and perceived limitations can be overcome.
The STEM Expo highlighted STEM careers with displays by current Belmont College faculty including Criminal Justice, Nursing, Engineering, as well as from local business and industry professionals. There were also presentations concerning the future of manufacturing, crime scene investigation and a robotics demonstration.
An interactive science demonstration by Darryl Baynes, of MAEA Science Programs, was also held for the students.