Students are using STEM education to shape new careers in the future:

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Avery County High School seniors in the Science Technology Engineering and Math Academy presented their final capstone projects on May 20, 2016.

Senior Brett Haas presented on how GPS can be used to navigate when hiking. Haas said he has used the technology to extensively explore the Linville Gorge wilderness and locate new formations. Haas said the project helped him decide on a future career outdoors.

This year’s goal is “to understand how we can sustain and enhance our communities” and “to inform the community about our purpose and activities and to collaborate with our local community partners,” according to the Avery County Schools website,

Avery students who complete the program will graduate with a STEM designation on their diploma, which makes them more attractive to prospective colleges, universities and employers.