West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) will be hosting an Engineering & Sciences Open House for students in grades 6-12 on Thursday, October 31. The event, which will be held on the Montgomery campus, is sponsored by The DOW Chemical Company.
“This open house event provides an excellent opportunity for students to explore careers in engineering and science related fields,” explained Dr. Z Torbica, dean of the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences. “Our faculty, staff and students will be on hand to discuss possible careers in these academic disciplines.”
“There is a world of opportunity available for workers with skills in STEM fields,” said Tyler London, site leader of Dow’s UCC West Virginia Operations site. “Employess in STEM-related jobs are going to be critical for helping to solve the world’s biggest challenges like clean drinking water and alternative energy sources, so it’s an exciting area to be a part of and we hope lots of students come out to better understand what their future opportunities may be.”
The annual event includes guided tours and demonstrations in the engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering technology labs. Students from Kanawha, Fayette, Clay, Nicholas, Raleigh, Braxton, Boone, Roane, Cabell, Putnam, Mingo, Lincoln and Logan counties were invited to participate.
“We are expecting more than 1,000 students to participate in this year’s event. It is our hope that more and more students explore careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines,” added Torbica. “We recognize the critical need for these types of professionals in the future growth of our state and our nation.”