Thirty Weatherford College Upward Bound students participated in the recent BNSF Railways Technology Day where Sarah Kinnard and Elaina Puente won first and third prizes respectively in a STEAM essay contest focused on the importance of including the arts in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields of study.
Kinnard, a student from Springtown High School, wrote “Our world must evolve into a new age, embracing change, where intelligence, innovation and creativity all live side by side as one.”
In addition to the essay contest, Upward Bound students partook in workshops ranging from financial literacy to piloting drones.
“BNSF is proud to host Technology Awareness Day to encourage area high-school aged students to explore career opportunities available through technology,” said Lena Kent, BNSF’s director of public affairs. “Through a wide range of presentations and hands-on activities, we hope to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and math.”
The WC Upward Bound program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education and supports Springtown, Mineral Wells, Millsap and Gordon high schools and welcomes participation by interested individuals regardless of race, national origin, gender or disability.
“All those involved in today’s activities are tomorrow leaders and innovators,” said Jeff Kahlden, WC Upward Bound director. “Weatherford College Upward Bound is grateful for the educational opportunities provided by BNSF Railway. Today’s students drive the world toward known and unknown possibilities, exploring opportunities and jobs that don’t currently exist.”