Initiatives aim to boost excitement for science, math fields
Katie DeLuca, an 11th-grader at Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, solders a circuit board at Camp STEM at WVU Tech in Montgomery. Camp STEM is one of a slew of new initiatives cropping up to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
WVU mechanical engineering professor Govindappa Puttaiah belts a student into the Baja Buggy, a student project that has students build and race their own automobiles.
Jess Hartley of Winfield, Steve Goodman, chair and professor of computer and electrical engineering at WVU Tech, and Ryan Mail of Winchester, Va., compare notes on their project at Camp STEM. Research shows that hands-on experience in science and math-related subjects can help usher students into related fields of study in college.