Students get a taste of STEM at high school expo

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College Place Mildle School students with their robots.
College Place Middle School students with their robots.

Story and photos by Doug Petrowski

Students from 15 schools in the Edmonds School District converged on Mountlake Terrace High School Tuesday night for the district’s STEM Expo. The fair gave 300 students in grades 4-12 an opportunity to showcase their research and design work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

A number of private companies involved in earth sciences, engineering and design, along with the University of Washington, Seattle University and Edmonds Community College, were on hand to share opportunities they have for students both now and in the future.

The STEM Expo served as another opportunity for Mountlake Terrace High School to spotlight the advanced studies they offer in STEM studies, said school principal Greg Schwab. “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our school,” he said.Mountlake Terrace High School is home of the district’s STEM Magnet program that gives students a chance to enroll in more rigorous curriculum in STEM studies, with a focus on aerospace engineering, computer science or biotechnology during their junior and senior years. Almost 90 students are currently enrolled in the STEM program this school year, with another 100 already set to join the program next year.

The MTHS gym was filled with STEM exhibits Wednesday night.
The MTHS gym was filled with STEM exhibits Wednesday night.

District schools with students taking part in the STEM Expo included Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds-Woodway, Lynnwood and Meadowdale high schools; Edmonds Heights K-12; Brier-Terrace, College Place, Alderwood and Meadowdale middle dchools; Maplewood K-8; and Terrace Park, Edmonds, College Place, Lynnwood and Meadowdale elementary schools.

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