Three photos of groups of students working together on chemistry, electrical wiring and technology projects.

STEM careers highlighted for 9th-graders during JA’s STEM Summit

Professionals from a variety of STEM fields converged at Penn Manor High School this week to give students hands-on experiences with science, technology, engineering, math and the trades during the 2024 STEM Summit.

Ninth-graders rotated through eight different stations, where they worked in groups to build bridges out of spaghetti strands, complete electrical circuits, create chemical reactions, learn the science behind blood tests and program a device to draw a design on a whiteboard, among other activities.

Professionals from STEM fields volunteered to lead the exercises, and students got to work on activities based on engineering, biology, physics, chemistry, design and math principles used in the workplace.

Students also learned about the trades and the wide variety of STEM jobs available at local companies.

Held January 9 and 10, the STEM Summit was sponsored by Junior Achievement of South Central Pennsylvania, with the assistance of community volunteers and Penn Manor students.

Many thanks to JA and the volunteers who made this event possible for nearly 450 of our students.

  • Wiring boxes and materials used in a wiring exercise.