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SCHOOL SYSTEM'S STEM MATTERS SHOWCASE A SUCCESS

More than 1,100 people turned out for the Rowan-Salisbury School System's STEM Matters showcase this morning. Parents and community members were invited to Knox Middle School and Horizons Unlimited to see how the district is teaching science, technology, engineering and math. Thirty-seven classrooms, manned by teachers and students, were set up to demonstrate the hands on approach used throughout the district. The school system also rolled out its mobile STEM exploration lab, a bus that will travel to elementary schools throughout the county to allow students to experiment without leaving school grounds. Dana McManus and her husband, Justin, brought along their 9-year-old daughter Eva Saturday in hopes of sparking a love of STEM. "We're really trying hard to get her interest in biotechnology because I think that's the future," said Dana, who has a degree in biotechnology. The family attended North Carolina Science Festival events in Kannapolis earlier this year, so they were pleased to hear the district was putting on a similar event. "It shows science is fun," Dana said. "It's not just for dorks anymore."