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Virginia Tech summer STEM camp at the Biocomplexity Institute

Camp exposed rising 7th thru 10th graders to various STEM careers

BLACKSBURG, Va - Middle and high schoolers learned about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math Saturday morning.

The Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech held their 5th annual STEM summer workshop in Blacksburg.

Rising seventh through tenth graders from the New River Valley, Richmond, and Newport News attended the workshop. 

Organizers say during the one day workshop students are exposed to STEM careers not commonly known such as instructional design.

They say students need to learn the different paths they can take within the stem fields.

"Eventually over time we are going to run out of physicians, doctors, and scientists, and mathematicians, and they don't realize that math and computer science and all those stem fields are at the heart of so many other careers, so we need to make sure that work force continues to expand, said Dr. Shernita Lee, the Education Programs & Outreach Specialist at the Biocomplexity Institute .

The STEM Summer workshop is a partnership between the Biocomplexity Institute, Roanoke Chapter of The Links, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Organizers hope to conduct another STEM workshop this fall.


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