Last week, The Tampa Convention center was taken over by future scientists, engineers, technologists and doctors.
More than 2,000 students from all grade levels in Hillsborough County competed in the 2018 Hillsborough Regional STEM fair.
This STEM fair is one of the largest in the Southeast. STEM – which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – has become one of the most popular areas of study for students across the nation.
It is also the largest academic competition that Hillsborough County Public Schools puts on with more than 100,000 students competing at their schools in order to qualify for the regional fair.
For Senior Lauren Haggerty, participating in the STEM fair has helped prepare her for college, where she plans to study industrial design.
“Ever since I was little I loved to build stuff and make things, which is what the STEM field is,” said Haggerty. “You get to research, experiment and figure out solutions to different problems, which is really cool.”
Her goal is to create products that will help make our lives easier. Lauren and her teammate, Senior Ruchi Korde, had been working on their presentation since September and were very excited to show it off to local professionals.
Both girls attend the Middleton High School Biomedical Magnet Program. They conducted research on the effects bioplastics cause on the environment.
“The program gives you the opportunity to do research, which is popular in College, and gives you the opportunity to learn how to communicate with people along with sharing your ideas which is what college is all about,” said Haggerty.
“Doing STEM fairs and being involved with Biomed has improved my speaking skills and now I can give presentations to large groups without stuttering,” said Korde. “
Lauren and Ruchi love being girls in the STEM profession.
“It’s been a male dominated profession since the beginning but there have been women scientist doing incredible things and I want to be part of that,” said Korde.
“STEM is a creative but also innovative field where you learn how to problem solve things that people have never thought of solutions for,” said Haggerty.
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For more information about STEM : https://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/list/stem/about/210-1115/
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