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D51 Gets A Glimpse Into The STEM Field

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Students are getting a glimpse of the science, technology, engineering, and math industry also known as STEM.

Students from Grand Junction High School and West Middle School in the math, engineering, science achievement program, also known as MESA, took a field trip in the aviation industry to learn about local STEM related careers.

35 kids took a tour of St. Mary's and the helipad, learned about aerospace technology at West Star Aviation and a final visit to the airport to understand geospatial technology.

In partnership with the St. Mary's Foundation, those in the MESA program will be tasked to build a LEGO model of the hospital.

"One of the most exciting parts of my job is taking them into these STEM fields because they get to shadow or learn from the industry professionals," said Heidi Ragsdale, MESA After School STEM Coordinator. 

West Middle School student Scout Arledge added, "It's really cool because I like to plan ahead so I like to see where I can go in the future and it's really cool to see that I could do stuff like this."

Students also had a first-hand look at the new cardiovascular surgical suite that will be opening its doors by then end of the year.

The LEGO model will be kept at St. Mary's and is expected to be on display by the holidays.


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