Growing Focus on STEM Education

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- STEM education continues to be a focus for local schools, including Thomas Harrison Middle School.

The school has one of the top programs for science, technology, engineering, and math in the state. The STEM program at Thomas Harrison has more than 60 students. Wednesday, the seventh grade class tried to build a cantilever, which is a beam that's anchored by just one end.

The class is a smaller selection of students because students have to apply in order to be accepted into the STEM academy at the school. Mostly school leaders are looking for students who are motivated.

On Wednesday, Delegate Tony Wilt stopped by the school to see what goes on each day and said this is important to where we fit into the world.

"We see the focus of STEM throughout the world, and how that's improving economies and so forth. We are in a world economy now, and competing with nations around the world, and so it's very important that these principles, if you will, are instilled in our youth," said Wilt.

Wilt also discussed the budget battle going on in Richmond and he said he'll be back in Richmond next week and hopes, like many members of the House of Delegates, that the budget process is taken separately from the Medicaid expansion talks.

He said he wants to see reforms in the current program before any talks of expansion. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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