The Education Matters Extreme STEM tour is a unique all inclusive tour for 8th graders to learn about STEM careers through behind-the-scenes tours in business and industry, while additionally learning about local post-secondary education and training through Catawba Valley Community College, the NC Center for Engineering Technologies, and the military. Each Middle School gets a full day of Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math (STEM) --- the experience --- PRICELESS!
The first Education Matters EXTREME STEM Tour was such a success that the experience now includes all 8th graders in Hickory Public Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools and Catawba County Schools. Now in its fourth year, a special EXTREME STEM Tour for K-12 Teachers was added in June 2014 for approximately 100 teachers and administrators from 4 school systems. As of the conclusion of this year's tours, we have exposed more than 7,000 students and teachers to viable career options available right here in the Catawba Valley.
EXTREME STEM Tours provide the opportunity to recruit future employees (students) by telling 8th graders about career opportunities plus the training and education needed for various positions. The STEM Tours also allow companies to change the perception of manufacturing by allowing students into the work environment.