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College hosts STEM Expo, attracts Black students

Carla St.Louis | 1/30/2014, 9 a.m.
More than 1,000 local public school students participated in the annual Miami-Dade County Public Schools Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ...
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More than 1,000 local public school students participated in the annual Miami-Dade County Public Schools Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Expo.

Held at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus on January 25th, students put their technical knowledge and skills to the test in such categories as behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, microbiology, zoology, earth and planetary science, environmental science, physics, astronomy, medicine and health.

The purpose of the expo is to expose students to practicing engineers who help them understand the importance of mathematics and science in the global economy. The ultimate goal of the event is to encourage students to pursue postsecondary degrees in STEM fields.

The STEM Expo is hosted in conjunction with the Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics Enhancement (SECME) program, which directly impacts students in grades K-12.

SECME participants will design, build, and test a variety of engineering and research projects throughout the year. Students are also exposed to practicing engineers who help them understand the importance of mathematics and science in the global economy with the ultimate goal of encouraging students to pursue postsecondary degrees in STEM fields.

Students and parents were given the opportunity to learn more about MDC’s academic programs, as well as the college application and financial aid processes.

“Projects can open the doors to college scholarships and advanced academics. Participation in the STEM Expo encourages students' interest in science, develops their inquiry and investigational skills, and enhances children's pride in completing research projects,” said Malou C. Harrison, president of the North Campus.

Students were awarded certificates, medals, trophies and cash prizes for their participation.

For more information about STEM, log on to http://science.dadeschools.net.