12 amazing young ladies from Gateway attended the Women in STEM Fair at Rowan College Gloucester County (RCGC). This fair is sponsored by Johnson Matthey, ExxonMobil, Paulsboro Refining Company, Zodiac Aerospace, American Association for Women in Community Colleges, Rowan and Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders. in order to encourage girls to enter fields in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Our students were divided into small groups where they combined with girls from 10 other schools in Gloucester County. These groups then attended 3 different workshops ranging on a variety of topics in STEM. A few of the workshops were: Nuclear Medicine is Hot, Hot, Hot (they learned about MRI and used a Geiger Counter to find radioactive materials); See What You're Made of: DNA Extraction Workshop (they extracted their own DNA from their spit, caused it to reproduced and then they were able to save it in a necklace!!); Color, Candy and Chemistry (exploring colors in fireworks and Skittles); The Physics of Angry Birds (calculating and predicting where the birds will land); Mixing it Up! (using physical and chemical properties, separating mixtures): plus many more. The fair ended with the Gateway ladies in a friendly competition to build the highest tower made of marshmallows and toothpicks. Our team had a 14 in and 16 in tower - the winner was 26 inches high! The girls were a little apprehensive at first, but they all had a great day!! They now want to go to another one at Rutgers!!
On Friday, February 10th members from Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) Skills USA program came to Gateway to visit with our 8th grade students. While here, GCIT presented an overview of all of their academy and full day career programs outlining skills students need to learn for each career area. Following the general meeting, Gateway students were broken up into small groups to circulate around the GCIT students. Within these smaller groups, the GCIT students demonstrated specific techniques and equipment utilized in their chosen career pathway.
On February 27th, Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) hosted a student workshop at Rowan University. Over 70 Gators from the Personal Finance and Gateway to Careers classes participated in the event, along with students from other area high schools. JANJ presenter Christy Tighe led students through a fast-paced workshop focusing on career and employability skills. Activities included role-playing, team-building through the construction of a tower, and scenario analysis.
One of the featured speakers was Jeff Burkhardt of Logic360, an information technology consulting company. He helped students debrief an activity where they evaluated a fictional candidate's resume, cover letter, and social media footprint. He offered excellent suggestions for making smart use of social media, emphasizing the importance of doing research on a company prior to interviewing on sites like LinkedIn.
One of the more popular segments of the day was the opportunity Gateway students had to talk with Rowan student ambassadors over lunch about college. Later, students took a brief tour of the campus. "It makes me want to start college now," said junior Stefan Andujar. "I'm ready to be done high school."