DMS Sixth-Graders Explore the Future

On Friday, November 16, sixth-grade Damascus Middle School students had the opportunity to explore their possibilities for the future!  The girls traveled to the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center for the annual STEM Conference for girls.  This conference introduces girls to the many science, technology, engineering, and math job opportunities that exist and seeks to encourage the participants to enroll in courses in middle and high school to prepare them for these jobs.  Topics addressed included keynote speech by the “SheCANic” Patrice Banks, chemistry, chromatography, coding, drones, engineering, robotics, and others.  While the girls were busy learning about STEM topics, the boys were visiting the Kingsport National Guard Armory, where one of Damascus Middle School’s former students, Sergeant Justin Blevins, talked with them about the role of the National Guard in the defense of our nation and allowed them to touch the various weapons the National Guard is trained to use.  Both of these field trips encouraged students to consider the many possibilities their future may hold!