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STEM Expo Features Fastest Growing Career Paths
Posted on 01/08/2020
This is the image for the news article titled STEM Expo Features Fastest Growing Career PathsHundreds of students and families turned out for the 2020 STEM Expo to learn more about the fastest growing career paths. Held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, the STEM Expo gave provided students an opportunity to learn from nurses, engineers, cybersecurity experts, physicians, skilled trades workers, software designers, geologists, STEM students, architects, contractors, university representatives, computer programmers and more about what it takes to successfully pursue a career in a wide variety of STEM fields. As a bonus this year, students and families were able to learn about the classes that support STEM careers by participating in activities with Dennis Technical Education Center instructors in their labs and classrooms, as well as other District Career Technical Instructors. Students practiced virtual reality welding, entered the world of cybersecurity, manipulated robots, stepped inside an ambulance, identified animal skulls, learned about diesel electrical boards, and more!

According to the Idaho Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Labor, STEM professions are among the fastest growing, most abundant and highest paying occupations in Idaho and the U.S. with 10 out of 10 “Idaho’s Hot Jobs” representing STEM related needs in Idaho alone. In 2016, only 2,000 Idaho students graduated with degrees in STEM fields while the Idaho Department of Labor projects a need for 36,000 STEM degrees.

All Boise School District junior high school and senior high school students and their parents were invited to attend this year’s STEM Expo 2020. The STEM Expo was held at the Dennis Technical Education Center, 3324 S. Pro Tech Drive, Boise (behind the District Services Center on Victory Road) from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Exhibits and panel discussions were also held.

Admission to STEM Expo 2020 was free. The first 100 students admitted received free earbuds.  All Boise School District students were provided an opportunity to enter to win an iPad, Ozobot Evo, Sphero Bolt or Ollie! Special thanks to St. Luke’s Health System, Idaho STEM Action Center, and Sparklight for being sponsors of this year’s event! Watch the following to learn more.