STEM Day to showcase fun and career benefits of a STEM education

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Update: Great news! STEM Day registration has been extended to Feb. 1.

There are good reasons that the study of STEM-related subjects is all the rage these days. Forget all the stereotypes of how STEM is the lone preserve of nerds. Today, it’s widely recognized that excellence in STEM is the pathway to a wide array of interesting and lucrative careers. STEM is also documented to promote creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

From coding classes and math and science competitions to the new STEAM school at D.A. Hulcy and the Solar Preparatory STEAM School for Girls, Dallas ISD is expanding STEM opportunities for students and spreading the word that STEM is cool, fun, creative and cutting-edge. The public can learn all about these opportunities at the district’s 2016 STEM Day on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Skyline High School. The free and family-focused event will showcase the many benefits of STEM along with fun exercises and hands-on demonstrations. Go here to learn more and register.

Dallas ISD STEM Manager Crystal Alexander encourages district staff and parents to bring their students to have fun, ask questions and explore the growing number of options for STEM study in Dallas ISD. Staff from the district’s Career and Technical Education programs, D.A. Hulcy STEAM School and the new all-girls SOLAR Prep Academy will be available to share information and answer questions about STEM opportunities. The Dallas County Community College District will also have staff available to discuss its higher education programs in STEM.

STEM Day will feature much to see and do from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., including 80 hands-on sessions. A sampling of activities include demonstrations on aerial and underwater robotics, forensic science, game and app designs, a showcase of winning projects from the regional science fair, and an inaugural Robotics Competition League. Back for another year is the Math Olympiad, and also featured will be Health and Physical Education TechFest 2016, a display of student projects that employ technology to promote healthy lifestyles.

Without question, careers of the future will focus heavily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Families and students who want to begin now preparing for the future should definitely mark their calendars for STEM Day 2016. Go here to learn more about the many benefits of a STEM education.

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