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More than 500 Volusia and Flagler County high school students were wowed by science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Daytona State College’s second annual STEM Expo held Feb. 7 at the News-Journal Center. 

The event was part of Daytona State’s STEM Community Scholars Program, funded by a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. Its objective:  To attract students into STEM-related fields of study and to support them through scholarships, mentoring and other forms of academic and social support. 

“Our goal for this year’s expo was to convey to the students that the STEM disciplines are in play everywhere, even in careers that one normally wouldn’t associate with STEM,” said Joe Mercier, Daytona State’s STEM coordinator. “There is science and technology behind everything.” 

Speakers who presented at this year’s expo proved Mercier’s point.  They included Ron Hickland, one of the world’s most renowned bowling ball design engineers; artist George Hart, who combines mathematics and computer science to create a pioneering new form of 3D art; and Shayla Rivera, a former NASA rocket scientist turned comedienne and motivational speaker, whose key message to students was that their futures are limited only by their own self-imposed barriers. 

“I want you to know you are on the brink of awesomeness,” she told the students, blending humor with a genuine concern and serious message. “I want you to leave here knowing that there is a magic in life, and it starts with ‘I can, I will and this is how.’ It will get you everywhere. It’s really that simple.” 

A variety of other speakers, including Daytona State STEM-discipline faculty, also spoke and presented during the event, which included demonstrations by local, state and national companies and higher education institutions, including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stetson University, the University of Central Florida, the Florida Institute of Technology, NASA, AO Precision Manufacturing, Energizer Holdings and Hawaiian Tropic.

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{Feb. 11, 2014}
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Last updated: 2014-08-04T21:15:57.5Z