Denver students learn about careers in STEM

By Joseph Rios
YourHub Reporter

There’s a heavy heaping of job openings in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, but employers say they’re having a difficult time finding qualified workers. According to a study from the New American Economy, Colorado had 15.3 openings for every unemployed worker in STEM fields in 2016.

To help fill the openings, Consumer Energy Alliance and Consumer Energy Foundation are bringing a free Energy Day Festival to East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade, Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival aims to get students interested in STEM careers. This is the first time the Houston-based event will visit Denver.

The Energy Day Festival will feature more than 40 interactive demonstrations and exhibits, including the “Wall of Water” from Denver Water. Visitors can pedal a bicycle to start the flow of water through a display of faucets.

“STEM jobs are the key to our future economic growth, particularly in helping us continue our ongoing energy revolution in Colorado and across the U.S., safely and securely,” said Andrew Browning in a statement. Browning is the chief operating officer of Consumer Energy Alliance and a chief organizer of the Denver event.

Another featured exhibit will be an Augmented Reality Sandbox. Students can create topography models using geographic, geologic and hydrologic concepts they’ve learned in class.

Sophie Goldberg, a 10th grader at East High, is interested in pursuing a STEM career. She is developing a patent for a gravity-powered washing machine that could make cleaning easier in developing nations. She will share photos and details of her project at the Energy Day Festival.

“What I’m most interested in is seeing a lot of people who are as excited about engineering as I am. I hope to incite that excitement and spark that energy in a lot of other people,” Goldberg said.

Browning said he hopes the festival will show local students the options available to them if they pursue STEM studies.

Joseph Rios: 303-954-2349, or @JosephRios1707