Astronomer Marc Kassis teaches Parker students about astronomy and spectra. (PHOTO FROM PARKER FOR NHN)
Parker students Kyley Nishimura, Elliott Jacobson and Tyler McCullough launch a vehicle they built in civil engineer Drew Stout’s “Engineering Fun with Food” workshop. (PHOTO FROM PARKER FOR NHN)
Parker 7th graders Owen Matsuda and Kieran Wiese Gibson show off their souvenirs from dismantling electronics in an electrical engineering workshop during Parker School’s STEMpede. (PHOTO FROM PARKER FOR NHN)
Parker students tear into an old stereo receiver in Keck electrical engineer Andrew Cooper’s workshop at the Parker STEMpede. (PHOTO FROM PARKER FOR NHN)
Keck Computer Systems Administrator Julia Simmons helps Parker students understand the inner workings of computers. (PHOTO FROM PARKER FOR NHN)
On May 3, Parker School hosted STEMpede, an afternoon dedicated to exposing students to professional possibilities in the STEM—science, technology, engineering, math.
Approximately 20 presenters, most from Waimea, visited Parker to share about their particular professions and included: veterinarian Dr. Jim Gressard; orthopedic surgeons and Parker parents Doug Hiller and Diane Payne; optometrist Ken Fischer; Al Honey and Marc Kassis from the W. M. Keck Obervatory (also a Parker parent); sleep researcher Gail Nielsen; ocean engineer Eric Brager; civil engineer Drew Stout; physical therapists Kelly Hoyle (also a Parker parent) and Susan Nowell; electrical engineer Andrew Cooper; and flight nurse and Parker parent Kim Bastien. The guests presented individually and also took part in panels, which allowed more time to take student questions.
In creating the STEMpede event, Parker School joins the nationwide effort to encourage U.S. students to explore and pursue futures in STEM careers.
For more information, please visit www.parkerschool.net.