On April 21, 2014, four professionals in a STEM-H field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Health) visited classrooms at Lybrook Middle School in the morning and Cuba Middle School in the afternoon. At both schools, students split into small groups and rotated through three stations.
The first station featured Ms. Angela Palacios, a biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. She talked to the students about what made her interested in wildlife biology when she was younger and how she went to college to pursue that interest. She showed the students videos of her work in streams, which involves collecting, measuring, and releasing fish. Students then got to measure stuffed-animal fish by using scientific instruments.
At the second station was Mr. Alex Ortega, a nurse who taught students how to measure their pulse, as well as how to use stethoscopes and blood pressure cuffs. Some students engaged in a friendly competition: running in place and doing jumping jacks to see who could raise their heart rate the most.
The third station was run by Mr. James Casaus and Ms. Mia Snelson, both of whom work for the US Forest Service. They showed the tools that they use on the job and asked the students to guess how they use them. They also talked about the science of managing recreational areas and wildfires.