STEM Day @ Coppin State University

Published Friday, August 30th, 2019

Middle and high school students converged on the campus for STEM Day

STEM Day @ Coppin
STEM education is significantly necessary today and to highlight its value, Coppin State University hosted STEM day on Friday, August 23rd. It was sponsored by Constellation, an Exelon Company and Coppin’s Center for Nanotechnology.

“STEM” is the acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

STEM is a multidisciplinary field that is always expanding. It is important for today’s youth to be equipped to understand information, know how to research and evaluate evidence, and how to problem solve. Chemistry Professor and STEM Day Chair, Dr. Jamal Uddin said STEM education is a driver of innovation. “When more people get into STEM, inventions and new discoveries become rampant. STEM Day motivates middle and high school students to pursue studies in STEM disciplines.”

STEM day was held in the Science and Technology Center. The new state-of-the art facility enables access to cutting edge, high performance sciences and technology education that would allow a wide range of teaching, learning, and research activity. The goal is to prepare the next generation of STEM educators, STEM- informed population, and STEM professionals.

“According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, from May 2009 to May 2015, employment in STEM occupations grew by 10.5 percent, twice the growth percentage of non-STEM occupations. Also, 93 out of 100 STEM occupations earn wages above the national average. The national average wage for all STEM occupations is $87,570. This figure is almost two times the national average for non-STEM occupations,” said Dr. Uddin.

The day’s events began with greetings from Interim President, Mickey L. Burnim, Provost and VP of Academic Affair; Dr. Leontye Lewis, VP of IT, CIO and Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Ahmed El-Haggan; Dean, CASE, Dr. James Takona; Chair of Natural Sciences, Dr. Mintesinot Jiru; and Ms. Carrie L. Stockwell, Corporate Communications for Constellation. Activities were designed to give sixth to 12th graders a hands-on glimpse of STEM- associated careers and boost their interest in STEM disciplines. Students attended demos and display sessions on bio fuel, fuel cell, dye sensitized solar cell, and solar light rail, led by Drs. Jude Namanga, WIllaim Ghann,Dominique Dotson, and Hyeonggon Kang.

“STEM Day was a great way to introduce middle and high school students to the STEM field, and in particular programs that drive the economy,” said Dr. Uddin. “For example, all of the sessions were essential to understanding bio fuel as an important source of energy.”

Participant representation included middle and high schools throughout the greater Baltimore metropolitan area, Baltimore County, Howard County, and Prince Georges County. STEM Day culminated with an oral competition and a tour of the Science and Technology Center.