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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It was back to school today for hundreds of students at Brunswick County Early College High School. This year is a special one for the school. It is the first year BCECHS will be take part in a national program that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math.

Despite it being the first week of school students at BCECHS are already learning about the engineering process to develop solutions to local problems. This is all part of the new STEM Initiative.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. This national initiative is part of a new push to get students in the u-s excited for career fields that are high in demand.

“We have a severe lack of those type of students now in our colleges,” instructor Bryan Tunstall said. “We’re seeing more and more students coming over from overseas to work in those type of positions in the US, and less and less are coming from our own universities. So we need to do something in high school to try and get those kids more excited about those particular subjects.”

Instructors Tunstall are getting the freshman class excited by creating conversations in the classroom that relate to their community by concentrating on agriscience and biotechnology.

“Whether that be breaking down trash with bacteria to create methane and that will power cities, or whether that be fish farming and how to make that more financially sound,” Tunstall said.

Already on day one, students and seem to have a genuine interest in the STEM Initiative. Even students whose favorite subject maybe English are finding this new focus on learning interesting

“I think it will make me more well rounded, and it will make me like other subjects as much as I do like English,” freshman Bailee Ficzere said.

Brunswick County Early College High School is only one of 19 schools in the state that are part of the STEM Initiative.


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