The UMass Amherst IT Staff Leadership Group recently hosted two high school technology field trips.
Thirty students from the John Marshall School of Information Technology of Cleveland, Ohio, the first high school in that state to focus on computer science, visited April 24, and 14 students from Amherst Regional High School visited May 23.
The goal of the field trips is to create a pipeline for high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields by exposing them to the opportunities available at UMass Amherst. Students get exposure to technology use in collegiate education, as well as related learning and employment opportunities.
Students participated in presentations and demonstrations in the Integrative Learning Center, College of Nursing and the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, including team-based learning classrooms, Learning Commons, and the Digital Media Lab.
Students were especially drawn to the nursing simulation mannequins in Skinner Hall and the 3D printing in the Digital Media Lab. Students and teachers reported high engagement and interest in the material presented.
The IT Staff Leadership Group members responsible for planning these events are: Antoinette Uwamwiza, Daniel Chumbley, David Sullivan, Fred McIver, Marta Pluta and Allison Koss.
Contributors included Annette M. Vadnais, Elizabeth Campbell, Carol Will, Tanya Pearson, Yuntian Hu from UMass Amherst Libraries; Cynthia Gaudet from the College of Nursing; Shubha Tewari from the physics department; and Vice Chancellor Julie Buehler, Randy Sailer, Matt Misiaszek and Stephen Pielock from IT.
IT looks forward to offering more field trips for interested high schools in the future.