More than 200 students from nine local high schools will converge on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Thursday for the school’s third annual STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Professions Day. The program will be held in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Thursday, November 4. Participating high schools are Chestnut Ridge, Conemaugh Township, Conemaugh Valley, Ferndale Area, Greater Johnstown, Bishop McCort, Richland, Westmont Hilltop, and Windber.
The purpose of the STEM Professions Day is to generate interest in the four STEM areas in accordance with the American Competitiveness Initiative established in 2006. This initiative looks to further advance K-12 students’ knowledge about STEM areas in order to ensure that the United States remains an economic and technological leader of the global marketplace.
Members of the Pitt-Johnstown faculty will lead hands-on workshops in the areas of computer science, engineering, biology, and mathematics, and will discuss career opportunities in those fields. Pitt-Johnstown’s instructor of physics David Willey, who was featured on the National Geographic Channel last December, will conduct a physics demonstration. Mr. Willey was a regular guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” where he was known as “The Mad Scientist.” He has also been featured on television programs around the world in countries including in Germany and Holland.
STEM Professions Day is part of Pitt-Johnstown’s strategic effort to sustain and enhance partnerships with K-12 schools to promote science, technology, engineering, and math education. Pitt-Johnstown awards merit-based scholarships to qualified students planning to study any of the STEM areas.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College,” by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.