This week is the first STEM week in Massachusetts, which was declared by the Baker administration.
Every week is STEM week for students at Westfield Technical Academy but for the last few days they’ve been showing other students what they get to learn everyday.
Studies conducted by the state show over the next 10 years, U.S. industries will need one million more STEM graduates than our nation’s education system will generate. Which is why the Baker administration is focused on promoting STEM education.
Assistant Secretary of Career Education Bob LePage told 22News, “It’s really important to the Commonwealth because we have so many career opportunities and our economy is driven by science, technology, engineering and math. Great company’s like here in Westfield in manufacturing and we need our students to be prepared.”
Throughout the week, 400 8th graders from Westfield got to take part in STEM week here at the academy. One of the things they got to learn about was aviation.
Westfield Technical Academy has 12 technical shop areas. In addition to aviation maintenance, students can choose to study things like collision tech, culinary skills and media and manufacturing.
“This is a great kind of organic lesson for them to be leaders, pure role models. They can be proud of their accomplishments here at the academy,” said Westfield Tech’s Student Services Coordinator Rob Ollari.
More than 40-percent of all employment in Massachusetts revolves around innovation industries, such as clean energy defense and information technology.