STEAM exposes careers students may be overlooking

While most classes at Heritage cover only the basic information, the STEAM program, which took place over the summer, takes a different approach.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

“It’s basically a way to classify programs, careers, courses of study that promote those areas,” says Mrs. Maureen Stewart,  a counselor at Heritage. “I proposed to any staff member interested if they wanted to be part of planning a STEAM summer program for any interested high school student.”

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Students participate in a DNA lab during the STEAM program held this past summer.

STEAM took place from July 28 to July 30, and over the course of four days, students participated in various activities, including a field trip to CU Boulder where students met with researchers and professors, a hands-on crime lab activity courtesy of the Littleton Police Department, a visit from a prosthetic specialist where students were able to glance at the biomedical field and a lecture on the various functions of satellites.

“The students were divided up into teams and they built small satellites out of soda cans,” says Mr. Kevin Keena, videographer and marketing director for the Heritage STEAM program. “The goal was to launch the Satellites with weather balloons but that didn’t happen because of bad weather.”

“Regarding future plans for STEAM, we are hoping to make it an annual institute”, remarks Mrs. Jami DeVries, an English teacher who helps plan the program. “We are already talking about what we are going to plan for next year.”

Students have the opportunity to participate in planning next year’s program and should contact Mrs. Stewart in the Counseling Office if they are interested.

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