SkillsUSA Champions - Spring 2014 : Page 10

Brown adds, “We also addressed what the impact of this system would be on the people around, on the communities, the local home owners, the people eating the fish, the fish themselves, making sure the fish would be able to survive through the system using lots of calculations.” STEM-ing the tide Working on the competition has helped all of them sort out their career paths. Each is pursuing a career in a field related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Kagan, in her final year of high school, plans on a career in chemical or nuclear engineering. Brown is majoring in electrical engineering at Seattle Univer-sity, specializing in computer engineer-ing. She plans to earn a master’s degree and work in robotics or the aerospace industry. “I originally was a little iffy on what I wanted to do,” says Duarte, who’s now at Whitworth University in Spokane, studying computer science and interna-tional business management. Clockwise from top left: Duarte gathers data at the Poulsbo, Wash., fish park; Kagan and Brown build a prototype; and Brown with the team’s stair-slide diorama. Duarte adds that her role with the team was heavy in planning and manage-ment. “And actually, I didn’t know I was interested in management until I did this team effort. Being in an actual working environment, we have been communicat-ing with all types of people. It’s been very much an eye-opening experience. “SkillsUSA enables you to have this opportunity to take your basic knowledge and accumulate it into a full project and actually implement it,” she explains. According to Duarte, the competition allowed them to apply the concepts they were learning in their science classes, with the added bonus of helping the students sharpen their communications skills. “We got to apply all of this into our own concept, take it out of our brains, and make it into a reality.” • The last graduation cap they’ll ever need. Give your students the advantage by introducing the same learning series our John Deere technicians use in their Ɵrst year on the job. John Deere Publishing offers Ɵve comprehensive series of educational curricula covering agribusiness management practices, agricultural machinery operation, and equipment maintenance. Written in simple language instruction with detailed and easy-to-follow illustrations, these books give students clear demonstrations for greater understanding and retention. Our textbooks will help students to think and analyze, enabling them to become better technicians or machine operators of large and small equipment. For more information visit us at 10 SkillsUSA Champions Spring 2014

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