This week, a colleague and I took twenty-five students to the Junior Achievement STEM Symposium hosted at Autodesk and MassChallenge in Boston. It was a fabulous event sponsored by both SAP and PWC to give students a glimpse into STEM fields focused on 3D careers. Students rotated through six different hands-on workshops centered around 3D modeling, high-growth STEM career fields, entrepreneurship, start-ups, soft skills, and Fusion360/LaserCAM software. It was a day that really melded together my own interests in business, technology, and STEM, not to mention the interests of my students. We heard from several inspirational STEM enthusiasts:
- Jakob Sperry, teen inventor of GyRings (Twitter)
- Sara Holby, founder of Ajiri Tea (Twitter)
- Mike Alcazaren, Program Manager Autodesk
- Eric Lanoue, Program Manager MassChallenge
- Claudine Humure, Senior at Wheaton College
I’m grateful for the amazing experiences that Junior Achievement of Northern New England continues to provide to students in our area. It’s truly an organization that has the best interests of students at heart.