Local students shown benefits of STEM education

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NSU Engineering Technology instructor Curtis Desselles, left, and student Blakeley Canfield, right, showed Ricky Lane and Jonathan Lumpkin of Florien High School the capabilities of robotics on an assembly line during the second annual Engineering Technology Symposium. Students from four parishes attended the event.

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Kamiyah Carter of LaGrange High School watched as Engineering Technology Student Dalin Williams demonstrated concepts related to electricity, static electricity and pressurized gas during the Engineering Technology Symposium at NSU. The symposium is designed to introduce basic engineering concepts to high school and encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Technology touches every aspect of our lives,” said Dr. Jafar Al-Sharab, head of Northwestern State University’s Department of Engineering Technology, as 285 high school students from Lincoln, Ouachita, Sabine and Calcasieu parishes convened for the Engineering Technology Symposium at NSU.

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