STEM & STEP Students Visit FM

March 20, 2013

Technology Instructor Jeremy Spraggs gives a demonstration on the Pegasus robot to student Jake Cope while classmates Ethan Ippolito (in purple shirt) , Jacob McWhinnie, Nic Eglin, Steven Spraker, Casey Friedlander, and Emily Denman watch and listen.

Technology Instructor Jeremy Spraggs gives a demonstration on the Pegasus robot to student Jake Cope while classmates Ethan Ippolito (in purple shirt) , Jacob McWhinnie, Nic Eglin, Steven Spraker, Casey Friedlander, and Emily Denman watch and listen.

Recently, FM hosted a group of eighth graders from both Broadalbin-Perth and Albany school districts.

Broadalbin-Perth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students from Mr. Samek’s and Ms. Sengenberger’s science classes visited FM for a hands-on experience in the College’s Cleanroom and Advanced Manufacturing Lab. STEM classes focus on career exploration in current and emerging technologies. Students also apply college-level algebra, physics, and engineering principles to develop systematic approaches to problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

At the same time, students from University at Albany’s STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program) program took a tour of FM led by Admissions and Enrollment Management Assistant Dan Fogarty, met with FM’s College President Dr. Dustin Swanger who discussed the importance of science programs, and enjoyed lunch in the College’s new Union Stations dining facility. STEP prepares historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged elementary and secondary school students to acquire the aptitude and skills necessary to pursue post-secondary degree programs that lead to professional careers in the scientific, technical, health-related or other licensed professions.

FM Professor Rich Prestopnik poses with Ms. Sengenberger and her 8th grade students in the College’s Cleanroom

FM Professor Rich Prestopnik poses with Ms. Sengenberger and her 8th grade students in the College’s Cleanroom

STEP Coordinator Etwin L. Bowman (far left) along with students take a moment for a photo with FM President Dr. Dustin Swanger (center) in the College’s new Raiders Cove

STEP Coordinator Etwin L. Bowman (far left) along with students take a moment for a photo with FM President Dr. Dustin Swanger (center) in the College’s new Raiders Cove

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