Butler students participate in STEM program

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Josie Lammers (left) and Jayln Dannhoff learn about neonatal care and technology.
Published on: 6/25/2013

The Waukesha School District has increased its science, technology, engineering and math, (STEM), initiative in the last few years.

It opened two STEM schools, a middle school and an elementary school, that put an emphasis on these facets, including project-based learning.

The district is continuing with this facet over the summer.

In collaboration with GE Healthcare and the Milwaukee School of Engineering, 26 Waukesha middle school girls from Butler Middle School participated in the program, GE Girls at MSOE, last week.

The program seeks to foster learning and interest in science, technology, engineering and math. This is the second straight year the district participated in the program.

There are six GE Girls programs this summer nationwide.

GE Girls at MSOE allowed Butler Middle School students to participate in relevant hands-on activities and matched each participant with a female mentor from GE Healthcareto encourage an interest in STEM among girls in the community.

Fieldhouse update

Construction was scheduled to begin last week at Waukesha North and West high schools for the installation of the new fieldhouse wood floors.

The floors are to be finished before the fall sports season begins in August. The wood floors will replace the synthetic rubber surfaces the schools have used for 20 years.

The district said the synthetic surface has become easily damaged and injuries have resulted.

The wood floors will be built over the current surface.