ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Alabama A&M University held its 13th Annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Day. This year’s theme “Ushering in a New Era of STEM” highlights the rise of STEM innovation around the country.
STEM education and careers help the United States to be competitive in a global market. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics expects science and engineering jobs to grow more than other jobs in the nation. That’s why events like STEM Day are important to encourage STEM interest as early as possible among students.
STEM Day Activities
This year, 191 4-H and urban youth development students and 26 volunteers arrived on the Alabama A&M University campus from Lawrence, Madison, Tuscaloosa, Colbert, Lauderdale, Montgomery and Mobile counties. The campus visit was coordinated by Urban 4-H Youth Development Specialist Dr. Angela Williams and Urban Regional Extension Agents Apriell Burgess, James Fountain, Pam Irby, Chante Myles, Tabitha Malone and Danielle Rudolph.
While on campus, the students participate in STEM-related demonstrations. These interactive demonstrations ranged from DNA extraction to the dangers of alcoholism and its effect on the brain. Partners from Hudson Alpha, Nexus Energy Center, Huntsville Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation led several demonstrations.
2019 STEM Day Sponsors
Sponsors for 2019 included Alabama State Senator Arthur Orr (District 3), Madison County Commissioner Jeshenry Malone (District 6), Madison County Commissioner Craig Hill (District 3), Alabama State Representative Rex Reynolds (District 21), Representative Mike Ball (District 10), Mobile County Commission, Montgomery County Commission Office, Nucor Steel of Tuscaloosa and the Redstone Federal Credit Union.
For more information about Alabama Extension’s Urban 4-H Youth Development programs, contact Dr. Angela Williams at (256) 372-5713 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about other Alabama Extension’s urban activities, visit the Urban Extension page at www.aces.edu/urban or the Urban Extension Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AlabamaExtensionAAMU/.