Fort Gordon students get hands on experience at first STEM Day

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News 12 This Morning/Monday March 17, 2014

FORT GORDON, Ga. (WRDW)--"Today is pretty cool. The band is pretty good, I enjoyed them," said 8th grade student Megan Montoya.

"I like it...learning about the different microscopes and cells," said Richard Cantrell, 7th grade student.

Where are students getting a performance by the U.S. Army Signal Corp rock band and hands on experiences in the fields of science, technology, math and engineering?

At Fort Gordon at the Freedom Park School on post.

"These are the four components that are the largest in our global economy and we need to make sure our kids are equipped to be able to compete with students here in Augusta, Georgia, students in the United States and then students worldwide," said Kimberly White, a 6th grade math teacher and organizer of Freedom Park's first ever STEM day.

It's a hands on experience for students getting face to face time with a lot of different field specialists.

"Home Depot, Plant Vogtle, Earth Fair, the pathology department from Eisenhower here on base doing science," White rattled off some of the list.

"We saw blood cells. Your red blood cells. It was fun," said 7th grade student Kevin Acevedo.

Acevedo tells me he learned a little something about himself after working with pathologists from Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

"I think it'd be nice to be one of them, but I'm more of a mathematician and technology kind of person," he explained.

But, after STEM Day, he says he's gained optimism for his future.

"It's nice because it gets me to know their job and that I could be one of them one day and it would be really exciting," he said.

"STEM" stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

White tells me she and others at Freedom Park plan to continue STEM Day next year and for years to come with the help of the community.

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