WEST ORANGE, NJ – The third annual “Fun with STEM” Program, sponsored by the West Orange African Heritage Organization (WOAHO), was held on June 17 at Edison Middle School.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) studies have become increasingly popular over the past several years in high schools and college campuses across the country. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that Science and Engineering careers will grow by 23.5 percent between 2010 and 2020.

This is outpaced only by healthcare professionals and technicians at 25.9 percent.

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Eighteen presenters in a variety of STEM-related fields as well as healthcare, spent the day at EMS presenting their careers to students in fun ways. Presenters traveled from as far away as Staten Island to volunteer their time engaging students in STEM activities.

Aminah Baxter and Kenicia McGarrigle both attended West Orange Schools, graduating from West Orange High School in 2012. Baxter graduated with a degree in Mathematics and will be teaching ninth grade math in Newark; McGarrigle graduated with a BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a minor in Sociology. They presented an “Origami Math” class.

David Emmerling, owner of Midnight Media in Millburn, a motion picture and videotape production studio, filmed clips with students in front of a green screen.

Harry Roman, semi-retired Electrical and Environmental Engineer, helped students design a version of a hoverboard.

Jennifer Kulik, Chemist, discussed ingredient properties and the process of developing new products.

Arthur Romanchuk, Microbiologist, ran DNA and microbes activities to identify the DNA of strawberries.

Ronald Raymond, Civil Engineer, discussed the profession, including clean energy solutions.

Other presenters included:

Brent Caldwell, Mechanical Engineer, How Science and Engineering lead to new products

Katherine Cwiklinski, Physical Therapist 

Omari Edwards, Web Technologist 

Gary Conger, Environmental Scientist

Dr.Charles Liu Astrophysicist, Colliding galaxies and star formations

Christine Mauro, Graphic Designer

Jerry Norcia, STEM

Julie Black-Peart, Physician Assistant

Wilson Woodridge, Architect

Dr. Tony Wright Emergency Room Physician 

Beau Younker, Occupational Therapist

“We are always so grateful to have these talented professionals take out the time to share their professions with our students,” said EMS Assistant Principal Steve Melendez. “We appreciate the WOAHO for their hard work and efforts to make this day happen, and students really enjoyed learning about STEM opportunities.”

To see all the photos from the event, WOAHO STEM at EMS.