Students in Exploring Agriculture Science, a related arts class only offered at East Union Middle, enjoy participating with the Energize NC program. Energize NC is a program from the Boy Scouts that offers hands on STEM learning for middle and high schoolers. Every other week, a program coordinator for Energize NC visits East Union and conducts a variety of STEM activities with 7th and 8th graders.
All semester, students completed a wide-variety of activities. In the pictures shown, students were learning about radiology. Energize NC brought professors and students from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to show East Union students the career options in radiology and healthcare. Students learned how to draw blood, take X-rays, and how to build energy pathways. We had several students who participated that were interested in healthcare careers, and this presentation helped them gain hands-on experience. One 8th grader mentioned to the program presenter afterwards, “I’ve always been interested in being a nurse, but I did not know there were other jobs in healthcare I could do. Especially, where I don’t have to go to a four-year college. This really showed me there are more options than I thought.”