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The S.T.E.M. of a Good Idea

December 14, 2011
BILL SCHILLER ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

At Sanibel School, students are being encouraged to consider future careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As workers with such expertise are so often the most in-demand, Science Teacher Dana Sanner also indicates, "Careers in this field are among the most high paying."

So in effort to "generate excitement" into this subject matter, Sanner says the school created what they hope will become a routine event in the way of showcasing student talent and initiative. Family fun nights at the school under the banner of S.T.E.M. (or Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) offers a venue for students to articulate a little of what they have learned through the conducting of research projects, or demonstrate various contraptions they have actually invented.

In taking a recent tour among the displays and speaking with students about their work and future plans, one quickly realizes that certain scientific appreciation has taken root in their young hearts and minds, with some rather innovative results.

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Here Sharky Shark: For a community where fishing is one of the more popular methods of passing time, Griffin Kupsaw has invented a shark attracting fishing rod. It looks like a regular rod and reel, but includes a gizmo and switch that when flipped, generates an electromagnetic wave as two hooks are submerged in water. Griffin says that sharks detect the electromagnetic activity, but presume it to be a fish dying in the water. As they come in for a quick bite, they're likely to encounter Griffin and his innovative rod. The device had yet to be tested when this photo was taken, but Griffin says he is looking forward to trying it out soon.



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