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Lee County middle students will explore STEM careers at summer workshop

Morgan County STEM SELLS Workshop

Morgan County STEM SELLS Workshop

Lee County middle students will explore STEM careers at summer workshop presented by The Center for Rural Development and Forward in the Fifth

The Center for Rural Development and Forward in the Fifth, in collaboration with the University of Kentucky’s Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership, are encouraging middle school students in Lee County to consider future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines.

In order to encourage young people to pursue post-secondary education in these four critical areas, 30 students from Lee County Middle School have been selected to participate in one of four regional “STEM SELLS” workshops planned June 21-22 at Lee County High School.

The workshop—one of four held across Southern and Eastern Kentucky during the month of June—challenges students to test their knowledge in the STEM areas and see themselves building a future in these highly specialized professional careers.

The workshops, targeted for rising sixth- and seventh-grade students, will provide hands-on activities and real-life experiences giving participants a chance to explore STEM concepts in new, fun and exciting ways.

“The Center believes that our youth are one of the most valuable resources in Southern and Eastern Kentucky,” Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, said. “Each time we can provide education and leadership opportunities through our annual camps and workshops, we elevate the potential of that young person and the community in which they live.”

The Center is recognized all across Southern and Eastern Kentucky for its significant role in providing leadership and scholarship opportunities through the Rogers Scholars and Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) summer youth programs, and broadening rising ninth-grade students’ interests in math and science through the Rogers Explorers program held each summer on three leading Kentucky college campuses.

This is the first time The Center and Forward in Fifth have partnered together to give the region’s middle school students a unique opportunity to plan for their future and seriously consider STEM careers.

“The purpose of the initiative is to excite students with investigation and engagement, and let them experience the value of STEM content while advancing personal, educational, and community progress,” Jim Tackett, executive director of Forward in the Fifth, said. “A second goal is to pique the interest of our Appalachian students who can explore personal and professional career options that encourage some of our best and brightest to remain in the area rather than taking their skills and abilities elsewhere.”

Workshop activities will concentrate on astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics and incorporate necessary math and technology skills.

Other STEM workshops are planned for Bell, Pineville, and Middlesboro middle studentsat the Middlesboro campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College; Clinton County middle students at Clinton County High School; and Morgan County middle students at Moorehead State University, West Liberty Campus.

For more information on STEM Workshops or Forward in the Fifth, contact Jim Tackett at 606-677-6000 or email us.

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