‘Eagles’ symposium encourages students to soar with STEM courses

Hundreds of middle and high school students learned about science, technology, engineering, and math careers at a symposium organized by the Gathering of Eagles and the Houston Military Affairs Committee.

A variety of speakers working in STEM-related careers, including a geologist at NASA, encouraged about 375 students in attendance at the Saturday event at Houston Community College Southeast. They came from schools including Austin, Bellaire, Davis, and Milby high schools and Deady, Hartman, Ortiz, and Stevenson middle schools and heard about exploring science and math courses and considering the engineering profession.

Students learned about the financial aid process, technology programs at schools where certificates may be earned, and programs available at area junior colleges.

The groups also held an essay contest, which 50 students entered. The winner was Deady Middle School student Jesus Guerra, who described how taking STEM courses could better prepare himself for the future skilled job market. He was awarded $100. You can read Jesus’ essay here.

The symposium was such a success that another one will be held again next year around the time of spring break.

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