More than 200 students from nine local high schools converged on the Pitt-Johnstown campus on Thursday, November 5 for the 3rd annual STEM Professions Day. High school students from Chestnut Ridge, Conemaugh Township, Conemaugh Valley, Ferndale Area, Greater Johnstown, Bishop McCort, Richland, Westmont Hilltop, and Windber spent the morning participating in workshops designed to promote interest in the four STEM areas: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students also learned about the career opportunities that are available in the STEM areas.
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.
Frank Smigla, assistant professor of computer science, talked with students about career opportunities in the field of computer science.
Dr. Jim Bilitski, associate professor of computer science, talked about ancient history by given examples from the "olden days" before the advent Windows, the Internet, laptops, and smart phones.
Students learned about the real world experiences that are a key component of Pitt-Johnstown's curricula. In the above photo, they learned more about the Baja Vehicle, which was designed, built, and raced by engineering technology students.
Pitt-Johnstown's own "Mad Scientist" David Willey demonstrated the power of physics as part of his "How Does a Thing Like That Work" presentation. His presentations are always explosive!