On March 17, over 20 Westfield parents of Edison Intermediate School students volunteered their time to come in and explain what it was like to work in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers.
With the rapid growth in these areas, schools have been trying to get more and more students involved in STEM. Among the careers represented were biomedical engineering, crime scene investigation from the FBI, pharmaceutical safety, physical therapy, patent attorney, digital marketing, financial compliance, IBM marketing, and a math professor.
This year, the parents focused their visit on reaching the 7th grade students, and next year Edison is looking to expand this career day to all grades. “Students are always trying to understand the relationship of what they are learning in school to the real world,” explained David Parke, 7th grade science teacher and coordinator for this year’s career day. “By connecting their knowledge to careers that will someday be available to them, the learning becomes more meaningful,” he added.
Eric Harnisher, one of Parke’s students, shared his impression of the career presentations: “It was cool to learn about all the STEM careers, and fun to see what they did during the day.”
With the large number of willing parent volunteers and positive response from the students and staff, the Edison career day is expected to become a long standing tradition at the school.