Conference Seeks to Ignite Student Interest in STEM Future

The Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC) is sponsoring Discover STEM, a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) conference for eighth grade students from participating Butler County schools at the Miami University Middletown Campus on Friday, October 9, 2015.

The one-day conference will provide students with a College and Career Fair, featuring area businesses and educational institutions that have a STEM focus, with interactive STEM sessions/workshops for direct exposure to areas of student interest.

Area businesses and educational institutions, with both traditional and non-traditional STEM career and education pathways, are being invited to participate as vendors at the college and career fair and/or to present interactive sessions.

During the conference, approximately 600 eighth grade students from Butler County schools will have the opportunity to speak with professionals who have excelled in science, technology, engineering, and math careers; meet with representatives from the various businesses and educational institutions, participate in interactive informational sessions, and learn from noted guest speakers about the STEM industry.

“We believe it is an important experience for students to gain this exposure as they begin to make decisions about their high school pathways.” Georgine Bowman, Curriculum Supervisor for the BCESC stated. “Therefore, the BCESC is providing this conference at no-cost to the participating districts.  The success of the event is entirely dependent on sponsorship funds and participation from local educational institutions and businesses”.  Miami University, Mount St. Joseph University, Ethicon, Turner Construction, Wild Hearts Zoological Park, and Metal Coaters are among the educational institutions and businesses who have signed up to participate. The BCESC is still seeking sponsorship support and participation for this conference.

The Butler County Educational Service Center is a countywide school district offering a variety of services for the enhancement of educational programs. They serve as the central educational and service resource for schools, government agencies, families, children and the community. School districts can tailor BCESC services to meet the needs of children and families in their districts while achieving successful programming from an established agency.

When services can come from a centralized organization like the BCESC, administrative costs decrease, and fiscal savings are passed on to the schools.

The BCESC provides educational programs, staffing services, professional development, and multi-faceted family services from prenatal through high school that promote achievement and improve the quality of life for families and children. Their programs include the Union Day School, Help Me Grow, Early Head Start, Head Start, Butler County Success, the Family and Children First Council, and many more. They are a visionary, premier, inclusive organization that supports world-class learning through leadership and collaboration.  The mission of the BCESC is to provide exemplary services to improve learning so that children can lead successful lives.

For more information about the BCESC or the Discover STEM Conference, please visit www.bcesc.or org or call 513.785.5179.

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