Published on October 28th, 2019
St. Luke’s Miners Expo Helps Middle Schoolers Explore STEM Career
Local middle school students recently had the opportunity to explore careers in the medical field during the first-ever St. Luke’s Miners STEM Expo.
Held on Oct. 12 at the St. Luke’s Miners Campus, the free event was open to local middle school students in Grades 4 to 7 who are curious about local careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“The vision of Dr. Joanne Calabrese, this event targets young minds with interests in STEM, and provides an opportunity for us to reinforce the concepts learned in the classroom in a fun, hands-on way,” says Wendy Lazo, St. Luke’s Miners President.
During the St. Luke’s Miners STEM Expo, attendees learned about the wide range of career opportunities available in the medical field, such as those in radiology, emergency medicine, cardiology, rural health and surgical services. They engaged in hands-on activities and heard from experts in the field through career conversations.
Twenty-five middle schoolers from Tamaqua, Coaldale, New Ringgold, Lehighton, Pottsville, Lansford, Summit Hill, Weatherly, Mahanoy City, Schuylkill Haven, Nesquehoning, Shenandoah and Minersville participated in the expo.
Emmalee Pinkey, a fifth-grader from Shenandoah, said the event was a good combination of fun and learning.
“I really enjoyed the STEM event,” Pinkey says. “I know I want to do something in the medical field, but I didn’t know there were so many options. Everyone was so nice I and I learned so much.”
Jeannine Brown, Emmalee’s mother, found the St. Luke’s Miners STEM Expo to be a very valuable experience for the middle schoolers.
“It’s awesome that St. Luke’s wants to introduce our children to jobs in the medical field,” says Brown, a Physician Liaison with St. Luke’s University Health Network.
“There is such a shortage of doctors, nurses, lab techs, radiology techs and others that it’s key to involve our youth at such a young age. Many people don’t know these great jobs exist in their backyard.”
Lazo explains that St. Luke’s is always looking for ways to engage students in the healthcare field.
“Our highly engaged medical team and staff enjoy bringing their passion for medicine to the community,” Lazo says. “Our STEM Expo was a great opportunity to do just that.”