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A total of 13 Grand Island Senior High School students will be able to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career opportunities during a trip to Boston, Mass., this summer.
GISH science teacher Leah Borer said students will be in Boston for four days in June. The exact dates are yet to be finalized.
“We will be jam-packed with as much as possible,” she said. “But it will also be quick enough that we can still do other things throughout the summer. Yet, it will be long enough that they can really experience it.”
Borer added the Boston trip will consist of site-seeing at places such as the Quincy Market, but will also include hands-on STEM experiences at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She said at MIT, students will build a robot. The GISH STEM students will do a disc jockey session at Mmmmaven’s School of Music Technology.
Borer said this is the first time this type of trip has been available to GISH students. She added the STEM trip, in general, is brand-new so these students will be “some of the first people to experience it at all.”
GISH junior Raquel Gonzalez-Fuentes said she and her fellow STEM students will also visit some biotechnology companies during the trip.
“This will probably grant us the opportunity to see some careers in that field,” she said. “I am definitely looking forward to visiting the biotechnology companies and doing some of the activities at the universities. As far as I know, the jobs are doctors and teachers. But I want to see what other kinds of jobs there are and see if they would interest me.”
Borer said she hopes the students going on the trip realize they do not just have to be a science teacher or a doctor as a science major, but can also pursue a career as a lab technician or a DJ. She added her goal is to open the students’ eyes to the new and various careers STEM offers.
GISH sophomore Troisy Juarez said she feels the Boston trip will help introduce her to these various STEM careers. She said she chose to go on the trip as it allows her to visit colleges and see what different STEM careers are about.
“It’s a good way to get experience of what we are going to do,” she said. “I will be able to see maybe what I want to do after high school.”
In order to raise funds for this summer’s trip to Boston, the 13 GISH STEM students, including Gonzalez-Fuentes and Juarez, will host a soup supper from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday in the GISH Commons Area. There is a suggested donation of $5 per bowl of soup, but freewill donations will be accepted.
“For each of the students, what I did was I asked them to have each of their families bring a Crock-Pot with soup in it,” Borer said. “We are just asking people to donate and then we are feeding them. We will have soup, water and lemonade.”
Gonzalez-Fuentes said she plans on bringing a potato soup with shrimp to the soup supper. As for Juarez, she said she plans on bringing a cheesy buffalo soup to the fundraising event.
“We want to have a variety of soups so we can accommodate just about anybody,” Borer said. “I know we’ll have chili from scratch and chicken noodle soup. But having a variety hopefully entices more people to come.”
Gonzalez-Fuentes added that while people can come and enjoy the different soups at the soup fundraiser, she hopes people will understand the benefit of their donations.
“I want people to know their donations are helping students get more exposure to the different kinds of careers that there are,” she said.
Borer said if people cannot attend the soup supper, they can donate at the GISH main office, or by emailing her at [email protected].
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