Students peeking into the world of an ecologist through microscopy. Courtesy photo
And the best part was … “the learning part!”
This was the kind of feedback organizers received from students attending the March 6 “Expanding Your Horizons 2015” Student Technical Workshop.
More than 100 volunteers from Los Alamos traveled down to the Santa Fe Convention Center to volunteer their talents to show Northern New Mexican youth how fun science, engineering, and math can be.
Activities included an engaging Career Fair, an inspiring keynote address by Dr. Sara Brown, and 21 interactive workshops covering topics like robotics, polymers, ecology, genetics, physics, and computer science.
More than just fun, this event is about changing attitudes toward scientific and engineering fields. Previous years statistics have shown that 86 percent of student participants feel more motivated to take STEM classes and 94 percent say their attitudes toward STEM fields and the STEM professionals improved as a result of their participation. Now that’s something to get excited about!