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Students attend STEM Day for hands-on experience

Riley Mize
Sophomore Saionna Scaggs builds a cube out of coffee sticks and clay. Along with Scaggs, everyone who attended STEM Day went through different rotations.

Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) held their annual STEM Day event Sept. 13. Students from high schools across Southern Illinois were invited to attend and participate in various STEM related activities.

STEM Day is designed to help students decide what they potentially want to do as a career. According to SIC’s website, STEM Day features “multiple activity sessions on topics such as biotechnology, ecology, microbiology, anatomy, physics, information technology and mathematics.”

“(STEM Day) gives students a chance to see a variety of information,” Information Technology Instructor Scott Reed said.

Some students signed up for rotations that go along with careers they hope to pursue after high school. 

“I did a computer security (rotation) and Shapes and Structures,” junior Katelinn Dzierzanski said. “I want to go into architecture or be a doctor.”

Some students really enjoyed STEM day.

“I really liked doing the firework rotation. It was pretty interesting to see it, and I got to watch a Skittle explode, so that was pretty cool,” junior Sarah Girtman said. “I liked being able to see different cells and differentiate from plant cells, human cells, and blood cells too.”

Other students did not love the event noting that they were unable to attend the rotations they wanted.

“I wanted the cadaver rotation and got the fireworks rotation,” junior Olivia Wysinski said. “I feel as if it’s unfair.”

Reed thinks that the event can be beneficial to figuring out a career.

“Maybe (students can) find something that piques their interest for future educational opportunities,” Reed said. 


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Francesca Messerschmidt
Francesca Messerschmidt, Staff Writer
Francesca Messerschmidt (she/her) is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is her third year on the Purple Clarion staff.  She participates in theatre, plays percussion in the band is on the speech team, participates in Key Club and Art Club. She is passionate about music.  Francesca also cares about animals and things going on in the world around her. In her spare time, she likes to play games, listen to music and draw. After high school, she plans to continue pursuing journalism as a career.   “Student journalism is important to me because it helps give students a voice and a platform to educate themselves and others about current events and can help people learn how to make the world a better place.”
Riley Mize
Riley Mize, Staff Writer
Riley Mize is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is her second year on the Purple Clarion staff. She participates in YFC and White Hats. Riley also likes to take photos, hiking and traveling.  After high school she plans on attending a university in Colorado, pursue her career in nursing and to become a nurse anesthetist.  “Allowing students to express what is going on in the world through stories and articles, being allowed to put their opinion in things if they feel a certain way about something, is really something I am grateful we get to do, and is also important.” 

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