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      Students getting plenty of education from the STEM class

      Many kids might be out enjoying the pool, baseball and vacation this time of year.

      But there are some local high school students that are spending two weeks learning about STEM --- and we're not talking about the green part of a plant.

      STEM is an acronym for Science, technology, engineering and math.

      This is the first year John Wood Community College has offered the two week course.

      Students are getting up close and personal with projects that deal with science, technology, engineering and math.

      Emily Kendrick is a student at Unity High School in Mendon.

      "It helps me understand like what I, it gives me a choice. So you're building robots and then you're learning about electricity. And I kind of like learning about robots more. So it's helping me learn what I want to do when I graduate from high school," Kendrick said.

      Randy Wolfmeyer said the planning for this program began about six months ago. Since the field is traditionally male dominated, he likes to see more women interested in engineering and science.

      "Absolutely, that's the best part of teaching. Just getting them set up and seeing them start playing with someone and to start figuring something out, that moment when they go from not knowing something to actually understanding something probably the best moment," Wolfmeyer said.

      Students work in teams, building everything from mini renewable energy wind turbines, to robots and even electric grids -- all designed to make sure this type of STEM continues to grow for years to come.

      The two week session runs until June13.

      The students are in class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.