Northeast Power hosts STEM Camp
Northeast Power recently hosted its first "STEM Camp" for local middle and high school students. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is an education initiative aimed at helping students broaden their knowledge base in these areas to deepen their skills and help them obtain careers in STEM related fields. Though the United States has historically been a leader in these fields, fewer students have been focusing on these topics. According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of high school students are interested in a STEM Career.
At Northeast Power's STEM Camp, students participated in a transmission line design exercise, performed line sag calculations and used a range finder to measure line clearances. Students learned about fiber optic communications, substation equipment and the operation and maintenance of the electric transmission system. Additionally, students heard about STEM related careers available at Northeast Power.
STEM - Mark Twain Area Partnership
Several area industries have banded together to form the Mark Twain Area Partnership in an effort toward encouraging local area youth to consider careers in STEM related fields. The Partnership includes local industries including Watlow, General Mills, MODOT, Northeast Power, Continental Cement, Hannibal LaGrange University, Moberly Area Community College, Klinger and Associates, and Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates. For the Partnership's first STEM Camp, each participating company agreed to host the students for one day at their facilities so students could learn about STEM related careers at these companies.