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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.

The expo, held on January 25 at Miami Dade College North Campus, exposed students to practicing engineers in an effort to expand their understanding of mathematics and science in a global economy.

Sponsors hoped these interactions encouraged students to pursue postsecondary degrees in STEM fields.

“Projects can open the doors to college scholarships and advanced academics," said Malou C. Harrison, president of the North Campus. "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.”

Students were given an opportunity to put their technical skills to the test in such categories as behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, botany and chemistry.

A plethora of other subjects were explored such as mathematics, microbiology, zoology, physics and astronomy.

Parents and students learned about MDC’s academic programs, as well as the college application and financial aid processes throughout the expo.

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

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

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