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STEM series: Owasso students get firsthand look at aviation, aeronautics

STEM series: Owasso students get firsthand look at aviation, aeronautics

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There’s no shortage of STEM-related curriculum at Owasso High School.

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance hosted its monthly STEM Café inside the east campus’s media center.

The Alliance holds its STEM Café at a different school the second Tuesday of each month and hosts a guest speaker to discuss their area of expertise. Before the bell rings, students get a chance to discover new ideas over a fresh breakfast.

This year, the organization came to OHS, where around 30 students in grades 9-12 gathered to hear David Snell, senior R&D engineer for Harsco Corporation.

Snell shared his personal experiences as a design and flight test engineer in the aviation industry as well a licensed pilot, radio operator and deputy squadron commander in the Civil Air Patrol, the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.

“It was a good opportunity for students to hear an actual engineer in the field,” said STEM teacher Gail Ciancio. “He was very enthusiastic about sharing with the students how he got there, for his love of science and flight throughout his entire life.”

Ciancio joins others like Natalie Bird at the 8th Grade Center and Jennifer Holloway at Northeast Elementary in continuing to provide relevant and relatable STEM content in their classrooms.

Students such as senior Ciara Locker and junior Cambrie Deardorff attended the special breakfast earlier this month and said they walked away with a fresh perspective.

“Hearing from David Snell was a great opportunity to gain some insight into the world of engineering,” Locker said. “I especially enjoyed hearing about how David took what he learned in the aviation industry and applied it to his current job in the oil and gas industry.

Deardorff added, “The STEM Cafe is an informative and insightful way to educate and excite high school students to the careers and life opportunities STEM education has to offer while maintaining a fun and inviting learning environment.”


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