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150 High School Students Explore Careers in STEM-H Fields


Danville, VA - More than 150 high schoolers in Southside spent all day Thursday exploring future careers in science, technology, engineering, math and health.

It was all part of the Southern Virginia STEM-H Summit, held by the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.

The symposium was a chance for local high school students to get a jump start in considering careers that are in high demand in STEM-H fields.

They began the day with inspiration from former NASA engineer, Kantis Simmons who encouraged the students to give 100% in their education.

After, the students split into 12 different exploratory sessions. These classes gave the students hands-on activities in areas like biology, engineering, and physics.

The workshops were there to help students start thinking about careers that would interest them.

Organizers said the more people they can get interested in STEM-H fields, the more marketable the Southside can be to STEM-H industries. 

"Efforts like this that can help us develop an innovative STEM-H workforce are a good beacon, hopefully, for industries looking to put in new locations," said Jessie Vernon, Program Coordinator in Advanced Learning at Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. 

The Southside Virginia Summit will continue on Friday. There will be workshops all day for educators in the STEM-H field. 

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