With a large push toward STEM education some students attend lecutres on STEM related topics. The Lockheed martin Space Systems research science manager, Tahlee Baynard used a Rubik’s Cube to explain life to a class of teens at Los Altos High School.
Baynard was one of many professionals who discussed careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) during Los Altos High School’s eighth annual Science and Technology Week Oct. 21-23.
Speakers demonstrated the long-term value of a math and science education to encourage students to take more math and science classes, raise awareness of the variety of related career opportunities, highlight the diverse backgrounds of current professionals and inspire students to think creatively and join the ranks of innovative thinkers for the next generation.
Students attended lectures on an array of STEM related tools or careers. Several included hands-on participation, such as using robotic surgical equipment and learning how to administer CPR to a victim.
“We are right here in Silicon Valley,” said Sarah Malcuso, a long-time Science and Tech Week volunteer. “We have all this amazing stuff going on and we want to share that with the kids.”
Intuitive Surgical Inc. provided a hands-on demonstration of the da Vinci Surgical System to explain how the technology enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations. Students had the opportunity to sit at the console and manipulate the instruments, while other students observed the operators’ actions on a video monitor.