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Students find link in science, careers

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

ONTARIO – Seventh grade students around the county sit in classrooms every day, listening to teachers, studying off tablets and taking tests.

On Thursday, the students were provided the chance to turn classroom learning into life experiences as they gathered at the Four Rivers Cultural Center for Malheur Youth Science Day.

Now in its second year, the day drew over 400 students from every school in the county. Upon arrival, the students were assigned blocks of times in different rooms designed to increase their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math as it relates to careers.

“Today gives students the opportunity to connect the real world with classroom learning,” said Nickie Shira, coordinator of the event and Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) coordinator for the Malheur Education Service District. “Last year, we had 300 students so we are extremely pleased with this . . .