One way to have seventh graders learn real life applications of science and technology is to have STEM Like Me mentors show students what they do at work. Cascade Middle School students learned about STEM careers, as four mentors spoke with them about their jobs.

“I’m seeing everything that other people do that I could do someday,” student Hannah Bunney said.

It was the district’s first STEM Like Me event. “When I was young, my mother told me I could be and do whatever I wanted to do,” said geologist Michelle Judson.  She now directs the Skagit STEM Network. “(She said) if you found something you liked doing, you’d never work a day in your life.”

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According to Shaun Doffing, career connected learning coordinator for the Skagit STEM Network, the goal is to expand STEM Like Me throughout the county.

“I’d love to see the students start to see what kinds of careers are available to them and maybe start to identify something they’re passionate about,” Doffing said. “Once they start to understand what they might want to do as a career, school starts to look a lot different.”

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