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Pinevale Elementary students participate in Georgia STEM day

Ann Finney-Williams Ann Finney-Williams

Friday marked the second annual statewide Georgia STEM Day.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Students at Pinevale Elementary learned about each one of these by doing various activities related to each field. Students used spaghetti and marshmallows to build 3-D structures, helping them learn about engineering.

"It was hard, but fun," 5th grader Serenity Walker said.

Another activity was a crime scene simulation, which was designed to give students an idea of how science can be used in the real world.

"Did you guys have fun?" 5th grader Jahmaree Count was asked about the crime scene investigation activity. "Yes," Count responded. "Do you feel like you learned a lot?" Yes," said Count again.

Students also got to learn about science in nature by examining a live owl and learning how it behaves in the wild. "Our real goal in our push is to have more of those science, technology, engineering, and math type activities in the regular classroom and incorporating that more within the lessons of what the students do every day," Dr. Ann Finney-Walker, Pinevale's math academic coach, explained.

Figuring out how to use tape, cotton balls, straws, and paper towels to keep an egg from breaking when it's dropped was another STEM day activity.

Williams said these activities help prepare students for the increasing number of jobs in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. "Even next year, there'll be many, many, many STEM jobs available in just Georgia, but no one qualified to fill those," said Williams.

These elementary students may still be a few years away from applying for jobs, but hopefully they'll now be a little more interested in pursuing those careers.

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