Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills are in high demand by employers. WMCC offers several program directed at local youth in order to promote the study of these skills.
STEM-Health Careers camp
STEM-Health Careers camp, designed for students entering grades 6 through 8, provides hands-on, fun-filled activities that are meant to be introductory, interactive, and project - based in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health professions.
In previous years, the students built Lego robotic arms, and went to Androscoggin Valley Hospital where they put on scrubs and got a tour of the operating room. Then a demo of how an EKG works, with one of the students wired up and they looked at the readout, as well as, practiced using an AED and gave injections to an orange. Tuesday they had a "Discovering Computer Hardware" activity and a GPS Wednesday morning. Wednesday afternoon and Thursday included a Forensic Science "crime scene" Veterinary Science and Dental Simulator, and wilderness first aid scenario. Camp concluded with rocket building, a rocket launch, and a family lunch.
The WMCC STEM-Health camp is an outreach program supported by the New Hampshire Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NH EPSCoR), the New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium, the Northern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center, The Community Colleges of New Hampshire Foundation, and the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
Campers will design and build a product experiencing the start to finish satisfaction of creating something they can show off with pride. Throughout the process, they learn how to do CAD design and operate a CNC Plasma Table, weld, and operate other manufacturing equipment. They will tour a local manufacturing facility learning what kinds of jobs exist and speak to business owners to learn how they started their businesses. Students will also apply basic entrepreneurship principles to understand how a single product idea can become a business.
Women in Science and Technology (WIST)
This event offers valuable information to inspire and motivate young women. Science, engineering, mathematics, and technology careers, as well as women’s professional achievements in these fields will be discussed.
WIST showcases achievements by women working in STEM fields. High school girls meet and talk with successful New Hampshire women, who encourage the girls to pursue their own STEM interests.
Fields represented by our panelists have included:
- Space Science
- Mechanical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Marine Biology
- Wildlife Biology
- Natural Resource Management
- Environmental Science
- Forensic Science