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Holland Middle School Holds Annual Innovation Day for STEM Fields

Holland Middle School hosted the annual Innovation Day on October 24, 2019. The day featured several local science and technology related businesses who visited the school to show students the different career possibilities there are in STEM fields. Each presenter also prepared a hands-on activity to allow students to explore more about the field.

Students working on designing highway interchanges

This year, presenters from 10 different groups worked with students. After starting with an introduction exercise, students rotated through stations specific to their grade level and what they have learned about in school so far. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) did five demonstrations to teach students about designing highway interchanges, structural engineering, hydraulic structures, foundation types and liquification and bridge design.  Linde (formerly Praxair) showed students about the uses for liquid nitrogen and how a gas can be turned into a liquid. University Pediatric Dental Associates showed students how to work with dental molds and possible careers in the dental industry. Astronics worked with students to build motorized robots that they then used to battle other robots.

  Student works with soldering iron

Turner Construction and Feijen DesignBuild each explained their processes to the students on the design and the construction side. Students were also able to practice using a hammer and do some drawing to practice their design skills. Diversified Controls helped students build their own boxes. Erie 2-Chatauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES sent students from their Welding, Criminal Justice and Sports Conditioning and Exercice Science programs to show students what those programs offer. AbsolutCare and the Holland Fire Department helped show students more about medical and EMS careers, as students were able to take blood pressure readings, practice proper hand washing, and use a heart monitor.  

Robot Cars battling each other


Students were engaged at each station and enjoyed being able to take part in the hands-on activities. Through programs with the business community, including Innovation Day, students get fantastic exposure to the wealth of careers that are available in the STEM field and allows them to start thinking about future possibilities, no matter what they are interested in. Holland Central Schools is appreciative to everyone who worked to make this day a success and all the presenters who took time to teach our students. For more pictures from the day, visit the Holland CSD Facebook page.


Linde demonstrates liquid nitrogen Students showing off their bridge