High school students celebrate STEM Day at Penn College

November 10, 2018

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- To celebrate National STEM Day, Pennsylvania College of Technology welcomed nearly 100 high school students to campus Nov. 8.

“STEM” is short for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“In an ever-changing, increasingly complex world, it’s more important than ever that our nation’s youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions,” according to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation & Improvement. “These are the kinds of skills that students develop in science, technology, engineering and math.”

Penn College’s “Focus on the Future” STEM Day activities were designed to give ninth- to 12th-grade students a hands-on glimpse of in-demand STEM-related careers. Students attended sessions in digital marketing and social media, plastics and polymer engineering technology, and information technology.

Participants represented Commonwealth Charter Academy, Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School, Jersey Shore Area School District, Lycoming Career & Technology Center, Pittston Area School District, and Selinsgrove Area School District.

“STEM Day is a great way for Penn College to introduce high school students to the STEM fields, and in particular programs that drive the economy but are largely ‘hidden,’” said Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “For example, all three programs highlighted today are essential for the development, manufacturing and marketing of the smartphone most students had in their pocket, which has, in turn, transformed the way we engage with information.”

The first National STEM Day was implemented on Nov. 8, 2015, by toy company MGA Entertainment in conjunction with its dolls and accompanying Netflix series that feature four smart girls who are part of a spy organization called NOV8 (pronounced innovate).

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, visit www.pct.edu, email admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

Last Updated November 10, 2018