By Taylor D'Aprile
Charlotte Catholic High School will be hosting a STEM “lunch and learn” event on March 18th from 11 am to 1pm. The event will be located in the CCHS library and will feature various professionals from different fields within the STEM community of Charlotte. Students can visit with these professionals and learn more about their occupations and responsibilities during their lunch periods.
STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, is an education grouping that has made a major impact on today’s society. More and more schools are encouraging STEM education and prompting students to pursue careers within the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. These jobs may provide a secure and successful future that promises a wide array of opportunities.
The meeting was set up by Mrs. O’Kelly, a new chemistry teacher at Charlotte Catholic, who planned it to spark interest within students while educating them about the different paths and occupations they can pursue. “I noticed that there is a major disconnect between the students’ perception of a scientist and the reality,” said Mrs. O’Kelly, “so I decided to organize this opportunity for the students to meet with real scientists and engage in conversations with them.”
So far, around fifteen professionals are expected to attend and volunteer positions are still open. Experts from Pavco Inc. Johnson Controls, Duke Energy, PYTA, and Wells Fargo are just a few people who will be making an appearance.
Students can discuss with the professionals the steps needed to take to become successful in STEM occupations while gaining insight on the lives of the workers and what their jobs entail. Students can ask where they studied, what they majored in, where they have worked in the past, and for advice for the future.