Article by Jacklyn Decady ’19:
On Monday, October 30, 2017, Junior members of Kellenberg Memorial High School’s STEM Cluster visited the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York. The museum held a STEM Career Expo for students on Long Island. The students got the chance to explore various jobs and opportunities that science, technology, engineering, and math has to offer.
The day started out with a gathering in the museum’s beautiful Dome Theater where two speakers, Michael Stromer, manager of JetBlue’s digital and mobile presence, and Kenneth White, manager of the Office of Educational Programs at Brookhaven National Laboratory, who discussed their paths into their STEM careers.
Afterwards, the Juniors were broken up into 4 groups. They rotated from station to station in 15-minute intervals, getting the chance to talk to a variety of companies, including PSEG, AAR, NYIT, Curtis Wright, and three recruitment officers from the United States Air Force.
One theme that Juniors took away from the afternoon was “no excuses.” All companies made sure to let the students know that STEM carries a career opportunity for everyone, and it has become the driving force that most major companies rely on. The trip left students with a new outlook on what they can accomplish in their future.