Kennedy Hosts Hands-On STEM Career Fair

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Students throughout the district had a unique opportunity to become informed and inspired about future college and career choices in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related fields at a fair hosted by John F. Kennedy High School’s science department on April 19.

The evening kicked off with a 32-team medical Scrabble tournament.

“Students played a special timed Scrabble tournament in which bonus points were awarded for STEM words,” explained Robert Soel, science and STEM chairperson.

Hundreds of students and family members explored the displays and demonstrations of more than 50 STEM professionals and organizations.  

“Students from all over the district spoke with a wide range of professionals in fields such as electrical and mechanical engineering, marine biology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, computer coding, cyber security, genetic counseling, environmental protection, solar energy, robotics and more,” he added.

Major highlights of the event included presentations by the Civil Air Patrol and the U.S. Air Force, as well as a remarkable coding demonstration by some of the district’s seventh-grade coding class students.
 
“As our STEM programs in Bellmore-Merrick grow, it has become our mission to expand education past the walls of our classrooms and find every opportunity to connect kids with professionals, experts and mentors,” Soel added.