MPS students show off projects at STEM Showcase

CREATED May 20, 2014

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MILWAUKEE- Solar cars, a Mars Rover, a seven foot wind tunnel and robots took over the Direct Supply building in Milwaukee today - and students were behind it all. 

Young minds from 35 different Milwaukee Public Schools gathered at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Spring Showcase, it's an event that will help them gear up for their futures.

From sixth graders like Julius Jones, “I really like to design things and I think it would be a really awesome thing to do.”  

To seniors like Matthew Gruber, “I want to go more into the science, aquaponics region of the engineering field.”

More than one hundred students were sharing their STEM related projects.  Dwight Gilbert explained to TODAY’S TMJ4’s Jesse Ritka how his group’s wind turbine woks, "The more wind speed, the higher the lift it got.  So that's how planes usually take off.”

Gilbert, like many others, already focused on their future, “Most of like the engineering careers are coming up in the high demand in America so it'll be easier to find a job and there's a lot of cool jobs,” Dwight states.

But that career path starts in school for the kids at the showcase, “The research, at first I really couldn't understand it but then I delve more into it and I was able to understand the circuits,” Carlos Garcia says, explaining his group’s solar power project.

And thanks to teachers and tools like MPS’ Career and Technical Education Programs, many of the students’ futures already look bright.

Senior Dominick Krauska as already decided he will go to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to pursue a major in civil engineering but he does give some credit to this showcase, “I've always been interested in building things and being hands on but this has also been a driving forward point for me so it's just more and more interesting as I go on.”

A program and showcase connecting circuits and students like Madeline Steger with her team, “I went to the first meeting just because it sounded cool and then I got hooked and I fell in love with it and now it’s like my life.”  And with a bit more schooling, it could be a part of her life.

Many of the students may end up tracing the start to their career back to the work they did to prepare for the MPS STEM Partner Spring Showcase.  Projects and experiments that not only capture attention but can also help participating students catch a promising career.