Newton-Conover Middle School eighth-graders along with their principal, teachers, and other staff, attended an Extreme STEM Tour on November 14. STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The tour, coordinated by Tracy Hall, Catawba Valley Community College, and the Education Matters initiative, is an opportunity for students to visit businesses and industry that are rich in STEM occupations. Students visited the sites of ZF Lemforder, Manufacturing Solutions, Catawba County Emergency Medical Services, Technibilt and Arcelor Mittal. They also visited CVCC around lunch time to tour the campus and see additional STEM demonstrations on the campus while learning of opportunities to get education in the areas that these businesses offer.
Each of the business tours included an opportunity for the students to see what different jobs require and also to ask about the potential income they could expect if they chose to pursue that job area. Students and teachers alike were very happy to be on the tour and said they had… “no idea the business existed or that there were jobs out there like that in our county.” This tour is provided to give students as eighth graders an opportunity to begin thinking about their future career before entering high school. This will help them to choose courses in the area that will direct them to jobs or college when they graduate and pursue their goals.
Director of High School Programs, CTE and Student Services