Students discover a bright future through STEM

Published: Sep. 16, 2022 at 5:59 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Air Guard held its second annual “Discovery Day” on Friday, helping students and STEM take flight.

This tri-state event showed about 800 students all of the opportunities Wyoming STEM fields hold.

”It’s our pride and our passion to try and make sure that our students leave the district able to contribute to society. If we don’t work really hard on that STEM engagement, we’re going to lose some of those opportunities for kids, so this is huge in helping us make sure they are ready for the future,” said Lindsey Stutheit, Career & Technical Education Coordinator- LCSD1.

Some of the booths were staffed by representatives from NASA, United Airlines, The University of Wyoming, Laramie County Community College, Black Hills energy and more.

”STEM is so diverse and yes, you can be a pilot, yes, you can be a flight attendant, you can be a dispatcher, you can be anything you want to be, you can be an engineer you can work on planes if you want to,” said Kathy McKinnon, Support Representative, Chief Pilots Office- United Airlines.

And students see the opportunities.

“It definitely gets me more excited about what I can do after school...and this gives me lots of opportunities and better tracks that I can follow after school,” said Emylee Rea, a Student at Central High School.

”We just want people to have pride in Wyoming. Have pride in the state all the cool stuff there is to do in the world, you can do it right here in Wyoming,” said 1 Lt. Jeremiah Singleton, Director of Operations, 153D Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

Today’s second annual event is helping to point students toward brighter careers and Wyoming towards a better future.