On Saturday, about 170 students in grades three through eight participated in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics– or STEM– event in Billings that focused on robotics.  It was the fifth such gathering since the program started a year ago, according to Dan Carter, public affairs manager for ExxonMobil, one of the day’s organizers.

 

 

The energy giant partnered with School District 2, KLJ, City College at Montana State University Billings and community volunteers in presenting the event.  Carter said it’s important for business to help teachers and school systems with efforts to raise the level of experience in STEM, and emphasizing workforce development.  Capturing a student’s imagination today could propel them into a career tomorrow.  Sgt. Jason Gartner of the Billings Police Department, explained how robotics plays a part in law enforcement, demonstrating how robots are used to remove a suspicious briefcase or diffuse a bomb.