Robots. Rainbows of laser-made nanoparticles. A sparkling EcoCar 3.
Visitors to the annual STEAM Expo at Huron High School Tuesday night had plenty to experience as they made their way to 50 exhibitions staffed by students of all ages, as well as representatives of local organizations.
For two hours, guests learned about the variety of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education at AAPS.
Julia Kerst, 2014 graduate of Skyline High School, ran an exhibit by the University of Michigan Society of Women Engineers along with 2015 Skyline graduate Shwetha Rajaram.
“Skyline definitely helped me prepare me for my career,” says Kerst, a junior studying electrical engineering.
Taking AP calculus and physics classes at Skyline allowed her to skip those introductory classes at U-M and go right into her major. Being part of the award-winning Huron Robotics team, and getting to be part of the design process for that robot, solidified her love for engineering.
“Girls should consider engineering because you can do pretty much anything you want in engineering,” Kerst says. “You’re free to use your creativity, but also technical skills … Engineers are the ones creating the new tech and dreaming up the big new ideas. I would also add that girls should not be afraid to go into engineering. Yes, it’s hard, but it’s so worth it.”
See the slideshow of the expo: