Speed STEM event gives students glimpse into local careers

February 11, 2019
students looking at rocks

Stillwater Middle School students learned first-hand about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers from the people who actually work in them. Professionals from ten local companies, including software developers, cyber security analysts and heart surgeon took part in the second annual Speed STEM event. It was a fun and quick way for students get exposure to a number of STEM careers in their own school.

Mrs. Merry and Mrs. Malone's 7th grade math classes along with Mr. Junko's 4th grade GATE students rotated from table-to-table for a quick 5 minute glimpse into various science and engineering fields. The presenters spend 2-3 minutes explaining and showing what they work on, then students are able to ask questions.

Andersen Windows brought in three engineers who gave students a hands-on demonstration of how raw materials are engineered and assembled to create their windows. They showed how technology and materials have advanced to create screens that insects and debris cannot get through, but are almost unseen by our eye.   

Engineers and surveyors from MNDot showed off their virtual sandbox they use to model terrain and bridges.  They also talked about how they use lidar mapping drones to create 3D models of terrain.

Sourcewell brought in two cyber security analysts and let students "hack" a virtual server, explaining the need for ethical hackers in our workforce.

Thank you to all of the companies who participated:

  • 3M
  • Andersen Windows
  • AnyTime Fitness
  • BWBR
  • DiaSorin Inc
  • EVO
  • MnDOT
  • Sourcewell Technology
  • Tomten Environmental Design
  • Washington County

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