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High school holds virtual STEM Festival

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Hannah Gonzalez
The School held its fourth annual STEM Festival on Saturday. The event allows students to gain information on STEM related careers.

The high school held its annual STEM Festival virtually for the first time on Saturday. The festival included keynote speakers, presentations and experiments from different groups.

“I believe that this was the fourth LISD STEM Festival,” said Ray Cooper, animation teacher, electives and CTE department chair. “The STEM Festival is a chance to see, learn, do. In the past, students of all ages have visited the STEM Festival, [which] not only generates interest in STEM in general, but it also can ignite a desire in students to get involved in STEM-related careers.”

The festival included activities such as DNA extraction, stop motion animation and 3D modeling, all of which could be enjoyed from a virtual setting.

“We had several different Zoom sessions with speakers from different backgrounds in STEM,” AP Biology teacher Sadaf Syed said. “Students were also able to sign up for the DNA extraction activity, pick up kits from Bio-Rad and were able to extract DNA at home by following along in a live Zoom session.”

The Zoom panels included speakers from the National Weather Service and NASA, as well as college students pursuing STEM degrees.

“I gave a presentation about how to pursue a STEM degree in college,” said Adam Bronson, Microbiology major at Oklahoma State University. “I was so excited to be able to share my experiences as an undergraduate and to be able to connect with smart students.”

While the STEM festival is normally held in person, many of the events were able to be done virtually. 

“I think the speakers had a great impact on students because the Zoom sessions allowed students to learn from them but also ask questions in a way that is similar to virtual classes,” Syed said. “Anytime students are engaged to hand in learning, it’s a good day.”

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Hannah Cole, LJP Staff, LIVE! Crew
Schmitt is on the LJP LIVE! Crew. He works the ad board for the football, volleyball, and basketball games. This is his first year on LJP staff but looks forward to next year. He is currently working on creating a podcast as audio production is one of his strengths.
Hannah Gonzalez, Graphics Editor
Mama Mia, here we go again. As she takes her last ride in the TRL classroom, Hannah Gonzalez is ready to end this year with a bang. Gonzalez serves as a Co-Graphics editor for the third year in a row and this is her fourth year on staff. When she’s not making killer graphics, you can most likely find Gonzalez on the volleyball court, at FCA meetings, in school or going for a joy ride in the Jeep that she named “Beep.” Although TRL is life, Gonzalez also enjoys going for late-night ice cream runs, watching early morning sunrises, going to church every Sunday morning and going on an occasional lake trip. To add to her list of accomplishments, Gonzalez has won three state championships and is looking for a fourth. With her happy planner by her side, Gonzalez is looking forward to kicking procrastination to the curb as she conquers her final year as a high school student. 

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