The Rotary Club of Nordonia Hills along with the Nordonia Hills High School and staff, presented a program on March 9th at Nordonia High School for 9th and 10th graders on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Focus).   This program was made possible through a District 6630 grant that was received in 2022.     The goal of the grant was to increase awareness and generate excitement in students for the endless possibilities of careers in the STEM field.  
The day consisted of three parts.  The first was a vendor show with over 58 businesses and organizations setting up a table with information about what they do and demonstrating one or two hands-on activities on how STEM is used in their business.    The students were allowed to pursue the vendor tables independently during their time at the event.  They were free to talk to all vendors and experience the active display that each of them brought.    Over 800 students were able to participate in this part of the program.  
The second part consisted of brief talks from professionals in various science and math fields such as NASA. Summit Metro Parks, Oakwood Labs, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Akron Zoo, Peak Nano, University Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Radiology Department, University of Akron Esports Department, Ohio State University Biomedical Research Department, Stella Nutrition, Rock the House, and AECOM.  These professionals were able to talk to all the students together about the challenges and rewards of a STEM career.    Several colleges and universities such as Lakeland Community College, Cleveland State University, and Youngstown State University were also present to explain the programs they offer at their respective schools. 
The third part of the day was a “Robotics Competition” between the students.   There were four groups of five students each that competed against each other with a “robotics” kit from LEGO.  Each group was given two hours to build a robot that could accomplish a task.   The students received instructions from the kit and had the use of a laptop computer that allow them to program it accordingly.    After about 2 hours, each group presented their robot.   Judges then awarded each group a prize based on the functionality and efficiency of the robot.    Each of the four place finishers were awarded a cash prize provided by two business members in the Nordonia Hills Club.    It was very exciting and interesting to watch the students compete and built a robot in about two hours.   The students were very focused on their activity throughout the competition. 
A box Lunch was provided by the local Jimmy John’s shop for all the student participants and vendors who attended the show.    Nordonia Hills Rotarian and Organizer, Dr.  Lateef Saffore felt the day and entire program was a huge success, and we are looking forward to planning for next year’s event.