As the hustle and bustle of another school year begins, students are eager to learn about new and exciting lessons to help mold their career decisions. After attending Easy as Pi, an event sponsored by SAME Baltimore Post last spring, students are better equipped with what they need to do to excel in a specific field. Five school systems in the greater Baltimore area participated in the event with a total of 75 student attendees in grades seventh and eighth.
Baltimore Post sponsored the event to encourage interaction between the students and professionals, allowing the students to learn and inquire about the different career pathways available in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program helps students investigate their options. “It’s important to teach kids so they understand better what is out there,” said Emily Schiffmacher, Student Mentoring Committee Chair, Baltimore Post. “Because of all the different technology available to kids these days, many are deciding what they want to be when they grow up before seventh and eighth grades.”
Event presentations were enhanced with educational activities. “The speakers presented and then engaged the students with different hands-on activities to allow them to apply what they have just learned,” said Greg Johnson, Baltimore District Corps of Engineers Resources Management Chief. Johnson is also Baltimore Post's Scholarship and Education Committee Chair.
Easy as Pie featured volunteer speakers from the Baltimore Aquarium, University of Maryland, Cabrera Services, the Maryland State Police Crime Lab, the Corps of Engineers Baltimore District, and the Department of Homeland Security.
By Stacy Ouellette, SAME Baltimore Post