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Area Students Come Face-to-Face with STEM Professionals at Summit

More than 450 middle and high school students from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties came face-to-face with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals at the Youth in Technology Summit on April 12 at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata Campus. Michael Milani a Calvert Middle School sixth-grader, center, and Jacob Mayer, a Mill Creek Middle School seventh-grader, visit with Naval Air Systems Command electrical engineer Chris McDaniel, left, who explains the use of crash test manikins in evaluating the safety of new helicopter and jet components. The summit, in its fourth year, was initiated at the urging of Al Leandre, an aerospace engineer and CSM Foundation director, who recognized that for young people to choose to study STEM subjects in school they would need to see future career possibilities. For more photos from the summit, visit