On Wednesday, April 18, Fermilab hosted its 11th STEM Career Expo in the Wilson Hall atrium. Approximately 1,100 Chicago-area high school students, parents and educators attended the event, where they had the opportunity to meet more than 160 STEM professionals from nearly 50 companies, organizations, agencies and professional associations.
The STEM Career Expo is an opportunity for students to take in the breadth of careers available in STEM. More than 60 types of professions were represented at the expo, including actuary, biomimicry architect, data scientist, distribution engineer, flavor chemist, forest ranger, health information manager, industrial hygienist, lubrication engineer, metrologist, patent agent, plant pathologist and water scientist — to name only a few.
The expo featured booths and tables staffed by STEM professionals as well as five panel discussions.
“This was our best attended STEM expo by both professionals and the public,” said Fermilab Office of Education and Public Outreach’s Susan Dahl, who organized the expo along with volunteer educators from Kane County and DuPage County schools. “Some people drove as much as 2-3 hours to be here.”
The event was funded by Fermilab Friends for Science Education and contributions from committee member schools.