#24hrThink participants spent about an hour listening to track experts and heard a general overview of the landscape in STEM, health, education and life tracks at the 24 Hour Think Challenge.
Roger Quarles, executive director of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation spoke to the education track, Program Officer Blossom Johnston, also of the Albertson family foundation spoke to the life track, Melinda Hamilton, STEM initiatives leader for the University of Idaho spoke to the STEM track and Theresa McLeod director of community relations of the St. Luke's Health System spoke to the health track.
Here's what the student journalist had to say:
Heidi Knickerbocker, Parma High, education track
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"The purpose of school is to provide education and encourage future goals. Teachers can open the door, but we have to take our knowledge and walk through."
Emma Takatori, Parma High, STEM track
"In tackling Idaho's STEM deficiency, we discussed how students are losing interest in science and math, and females and Hispanics are losing interest faster, which is an issue: females make up over half of the college demographic in Idaho and Hispanics are the largest growing college-age population in Idaho.
Idaho students are not prepared for college and lack an understanding of careers in general, let alone STEM careers."
Sierra Cowan, Middleton High, health track
"The presenter outlined many statistics and facts that will help us later on in the challenge. Most notably, and surprisingly, smoking in Canyon and Ada counties (of Idaho) has decreased in recent years, below the Idaho average."
Tiara Wallace, Riverston International, life track
"The discussion centered around individual opinions regarding several devastating Idaho facts about receiving an education and the pros and cons of 'success.' Students continued to discuss the question, 'Do you think it's harder to make a living without education or training beyond high school or is a generally accepted myth?'
J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation Program Officer Blossom Johnston, said, 'Failure can be a really powerful thing if we choose to learn from it.'"
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