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Scenes of science
Commitment to STEM branching out
Students from across Forsyth County and elsewhere participate in a robotics tournament March 5 at Lambert High School. - photo by Autumn McBride

Identifying rocks. Robots navigating an obstacle course. A mock autopsy of an alien life form.

Officials say recent events at three Forsyth County schools, as well as similar activities held or planned at other local campuses, highlight the system’s commitment to STEM, or science, technology engineering and mathematics.

“I think it’s with our current economic position that science and mathematics are really important for students,” said Kelly Price, curriculum coordinator for the system’s science and math programs.

“It’s also good for economic development. It’s one of the pluses businesses look for when they’re relocating to an area.”

The activities — including a robotics competition at Lambert High and science events at Liberty and Piney Grove middle schools — emphasize math and technology. What’s more, Price said, they are “reaching beyond the classroom.”