GE shows kids the fun side of STEM

November 10, 2017 05:32 PM

SCHENECTADY - Kids today love their devices - smartphones, tablets, game consoles - you name it. How do you get them excited about how those things are made? One answer is to make science, technology, engineering and math fun.

Who doesn't remember growing up and quickly developing a hatred for homework or at least having a friend who hated it?  Math and science didn't always score well for their "fun factor." However, that's exactly what kids were having last week at General Electric in Schenectady, at an event built on science, technology, engineering and math.

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"I think it's pretty cool having a field trip at an engineering job," noted Joseph Losee, one of the students.

Mission accomplished for organizers, whose intent was to get these elementary students excited about learning.

"When you're a kid, you take math classes and you take science classes, but you don't always know the full range of what jobs are out there," pointed out Stephanie Kuhne, with GE Research.

These are jobs that help design and create things – and are also cool.

"We've got a car that's actually a self-driving car with sensors. We've got a 3D printer that can make things that are flexible without even having to make any fasteners or attachments. We've got a drone that flies and inspects a little city that we've got," pointed out Kuhne.

These kids weren't fooled though. They knew there was a serious message behind all the fun, including the lighthearted welcome they received.

"A magic show," explained Joseph. "Heads up it's really just chemistry," he whispered.

"We love getting to share what we do with the kids and see how excited they get. Their faces light up," explained Kuhne.

Which could be from inspiration and the realization that a job in STEM doesn't have to be all work and no play.

"I'm going to be designing roller coasters and rides for Disney. So it's engineering, but it's just still having fun at the same time," explained Joseph.


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