Southwest Technology Center (SWTC) students enrolled in Biomedical Science, Electronics/ Mechatronics (FIRST Robotics Team), and Cosmetology spent the day at Altus Intermediate School (AIS) with 6th graders recently explaining the importance of career exploration especially the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and careers of the 21st century.
Biomedical Science students did an anatomy activity with the sixth graders. Students traced the body of another 6th grade classmate and then were each assigned an organ to draw and cut out, the students were then responsible to place those organs in the correct place on the traced out body.
The FIRST Robotics Team from Electronics Technology and Mechatronics did robotic demonstrations for the students and then the students were able to “drive” the robots around. The robotics team had the opportunity to use the last two robots that went to world competitions and the phase one of their current robot that they will be taking to competitions this year. The team explained the programming process as well as the building process to the students. The robotics team is looking forward to working with the Enriched Studies students on the new robots that were purchased for that program.
Cosmetology student instructors worked with the 6th graders speaking about the importance of personal hygiene and did an activity of rolling curlers on mannequin heads. The Cosmetology student instructors stressed the importance of math that is associated with the profession and encouraged all students to work hard at school and apply all their knowledge so they can have a rewarding career that they will love.
All SWTC students answered questions about their respective program and utilized the day by inspiring the 6th graders to make good decisions that will lead to a wonderful profession for the careers of the future.
The activity day was spear-headed by SWTC counselor, Jill Chaney and AIS 6th grade counselor, Judy Morgan.