WEST ORANGE, NJ – The annual “Fun with STEAM at Edison Middle School” event earlier this month featured a wide array of professionals in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics professions that introduced students to their careers and what they do.

Each year, the anticipated information program and guest speakers are presented by the West Orange African Heritage Organization (WOAHO).

“I like the inclusion of the arts into STEM because it offers more inclusive, more integrated opportunities for students by expanding into the arts and music,” said WOAHO President Patrecia West, who is a Systems Analyst. “Each year, our program speaks to a lot of students and helps them to figure out where they fit in and what interests them.”

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Presenters included Emmanuel Aouad, Chemist; Tara Williams, owner, Bricks for Kids (a learning center that teaches the principles of engineering and architecture using LEGO® bricks); Dr. Toni Wright, Emergency Room Physician; Dr. Romanchuk, genetic biology; Omari Edwards, Functions and Computer Programming; Patrick Byrne, Civil Engineering; and Mr. Connelly, Data Analytics.

Morning and afternoon sessions were held, which gave students the opportunity to hear from different presenters.

“STEAM opportunities help to broaden people’s horizons about the world around them,” said West. "We are happy to help our children expand their idea of self and what they can do.”

The WOAHO provides tutoring in West Orange Elementary Schools and provides scholarships to graduating West Orange High School students, along with community involvement.

See all the photos from "Fun with STEAM at Edison Middle School” here.