Presque Isle offering free STEM classes to students

Many educators believe that students in a global economy need the hard sciences to compete.  That has led to a series of new programs at Presque Isle State Park.  

When you think of 'stems' at Presque Isle, you may be thinking about flowers, but STEM also means Science, technology, engineering and math, the hard sciences needed for students to compete.

Beginning January 11th, park staff members will offer free classes, tying hard science with the beauty of Presque Isle.  Ray Bierbower of PISP says, "You're going to have an opportunity to meld those together to see how they're used in the real-life settings out here at the park with our various partners and ourselves here at DCNR".

The classes will be both indoor and outdoor with a wide range of topics designed to keep a student's interest.  Bierbower says, "We have a series of topics that we'll go through and give them a science experience with some of these.  The technology we use here at the center and give them some real hands-on experience using this."

The first two STEM classes at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center are January 11th and January 25th.  The classes then run through March.  There is no fee, but you must register; to do so go to

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