Neosho students “STEAM” ahead

Neosho students “STEAM” ahead
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Technology-based jobs are in high demand and Neosho Junior High wants girls to be ready to apply.

7th and 8th graders got hands-on experience of educational skills at the first-ever STEAM Day event.

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.

As part of the event, local La-Z-Boy workers demonstrated how to build a chair as a team.

Officials say educational opportunities like this are important because it encourages women to pursue male-dominated fields.

“Groups like this, where girls are told, ‘You have so much more to contribute than just how you look, wonderful though that may be, you have so much more to contribute and so much more to learn.’ It gives girls an opportunity to grow into the women engineers that we really need,” said Maureen Muller, an enginner at Black & Veatch in Kansas City, MO.

There were over 30 girls in attendance and officials hope to make this an annual event.