Leesburg High School students will benefit from a grant from AT&T that provides opportunities to study how classroom study translates into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Work began in January and will continue through May with a total of 225 students in grades 9 through 12 participating in 47 separate projects.
The Science National Honor Society students will learn about technology used in health care, forensic science, biotechnology, genetic and civil engineering. Those enrolled in engineering learn about basic electronics, analog and digital circuits, and reading schematic diagrams through exploring amplifiers.
“We know that industries engaged in STEM disciplines will create a majority of high-value, high-wage jobs and within ten years, almost nine out of 10 new jobs will require education beyond a high school degree,” said Joe York, AT&T Florida president. “We are pleased to make this contribution because Florida’s K-12 education foundations are well positioned to be the link between schools and local businesses for students, enabling them to build connections with potential employers in their communities, get a sense of what careers they offer and the skill sets they require.
” The grants were administered through the Educational Foundation of Lake County as part of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.