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Marvin Ridge gets STEMed up!

Late last week, students in Ms. Filter’s AP Calculus class learned that studying Math really does pay off! The check may not have been theirs personally, but the real life lessons that came with it are a big take-home advantage for the future. Read below about the opportunity they took advantage of and why:


From the original UCPS story – written and posted by Deb Bledsoe

Hundreds of Union County Public Schools students went behind the scenes to see what it takes to be a manufacturer.  UCPS joined South Piedmont Community College and the Union County Chamber of Commerce for Manufacturing Awareness Week.

“The whole point of this week is to increase awareness about the benefits of manufacturing,” said Union County Chamber of Commerce president Pat Kahle. “We’re looking at what is made here in Union County and why it’s important to have manufacturers here. It’s about looking at the diversification of our tax base, supporting our school system, supporting our infrastructure and creating job in Union County.”

Kahle said the event was open to Union County Public Schools students in order to help them make career choices.

“This is about helping young people who are trying to figure out what their career choices may be, helping parents who might be trying to guide their students, and about letting educators know that there are very good paying jobs in manufacturing here in Union County and that it’s a great career choice,” Kahle said.

Tours were held on Sept. 30. at Greiner Bio-One and Goulston Technologies, Inc.; and on Oct. 1 at QEMS and SAFRAN Turbomeca USA.  The high school with the greatest participation was promised an award $3,000 from the UCCC to invest in new STEM technology and initiatives. 

Samia Usmani, and Elizabeth Reidy, both 10th graders at Marvin Ridge High School said they enjoyed the tours and felt they had learned a lot.

“I didn't really know much about manufacturing,” said Reidy. “This is totally different than what I thought it would be.”

“The robotics was really cool and to see how it all works,” Usmani said. “The things they make her are so important for every day stuff like helicopters.”

We found out on Thursday, October 16 that Marvin Ridge was that school and the recipient of the $3000.   Pat Kahle, UPCS Career and Technology Director Robert Filter, and Deb Bledsoe also from UCPS visited Ms. Robin Filter’s Calculus class to present the award as her classes heavily participated in the tours.  Mr. Webster, one of our Business and Marketing, represented CTE classes and teachers as his students also participated.  

Ms. Filter used the opportunity for her classes to visit manufacturing employers in Union County, as well as brought in a speaker from Turbomeca to our school, to help students make real-life connections to Math topics. Jobs of the future will be in the STEM industry, and her students report thoroughly enjoying the experience.

Written by: Lisa Justice
Posted: Oct 22, 2014 by Lisa Justice

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