CARLISLE — Some students who have been participating in a summer program that has taught them about robots in the workplace and how the subjects they learn in school can help them understand and work with that technology also learned about the importance of staying in school during a field trip to the Town of Carlisle.
In June, the Union County School District launched a summer pilot program focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) criteria. The four-week program began Monday, June 12 and ran for four weeks through this Tuesday (July 4). The program served 15 rising seventh and eighth grade students at Sims who have been identified by their teachers as needing additional instruction in math and science to keep them at grade level.”
The students participating in the program spent two days a week using science and math skills to build robots. The other two days were for educational activities, including workshops about nutrition and exercise, soft skills instruction, presentations about workforce opportunities in the STEM fields, and field trips to tour local companies which offer jobs in the STEM fields.
One of those field trips took the students to the Carlisle Town Hall where they received a presentation on a subject that the program also focused on, one as equally if not more important than the instruction they received on mathematics, science and robotics: the importance of staying in school and getting an education.
“We invited them to Carlisle,” Mayor Mary-Ferguson-Glenn said Monday. “We invited them here for a motivational speech on the importance of education and why they should stay in school.”
The motivational speaker was Gino Ferguson-Short who has recently completed his first year in college at North Greenville University where is majoring in Music. In addition to speaking to the students on the importance of staying in school, Ferguson-Short also entertained them by playing the violin.
Assisting in the presentation was Carlisle Fire Department Firefighter Larry Glenn who Ferguson-Glenn said brought turnout gear for the students to try on.
Following the presentation, Ferguson-Glenn said the town served the students and the teachers who accompanied them lunch.
The visit to the Carlisle Town Hall was among the recent field trips the students made as part of their participation in the pilot program.
One of those trips, which also took place in June, took the students to the Union Campus of Spartanburg Community College where they learned about how robots are being used by companies like BMW and in other industries.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.