Bright Elementary students dream big.
Some want to work in robotic engineering when they grow up or become professionals in computer coding.
Of course, some of those same children also want to be professional sports stars, teachers and firefighters, as well.
At the Frisco Education Foundation (FEF) S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Career Day at Bright Elementary students had hands-on experiences making a short film, animating a shape, coding, learning about the inner workings of steam engines and observing and helping with science experiments. Volunteers from local businesses who specialize in educating young people about engineering and technology, local museums and the Frisco Public Library, took time out of their day to explore the future with the students.
When one young man raised his hands and told volunteer Ms. Hannah from iCode that he wanted to work with her when he grew up, she gave him a hope for future opportunity with the company.
“I would hire you,” she said. But first, he and his friends have to finish elementary school.
FEF Board member Peter Burns, who serves as chairman for Mindbender Academy, a S.T.E.A.M. camp for FISD middle school students, said he was very pleased with the interest even the very youngest students showed in S.T.E.A.M. careers. He has helped organize similar career events for high school students for several years. The elementary-level students seemed to be very intrigued with the idea of their future careers.
“They are so very excited,” he said. “This may be the first time some of them have been exposed to these opportunities.”
Participating in the event were representatives from NuMinds Enrichment, iCode, Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Horizon Hot Yoga, The Movie Institute, Museum of the American Railroad, Microsoft and the Frisco Public Library. Gary Carley of North Dallas Bank and Trust provided lunch from Jett's Pizza for the volunteers.