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LS R-7 students showcase talents at iSTEM summer course

Lee’s Summit R-7 students enrolled in an introductory science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) course had the opportunity to meet the public and share their knowledge during a June 18 showcase.

A total of 11 incoming freshmen were enrolled in the introductory class, known as iSTEM, which met during afternoon sessions from May 31 through June 18. The course, taught by teachers from several areas of expertise, provided students with the opportunity to explore all programs offered at the school district’s Summit Technology Academy.

“I am so proud of the professionalism these soon-to-be freshman students showed today,” said Tawni Boman-Meek, Lee’s Summit R-7 career curriculum specialist. “They worked very hard, not only on content, but also on learning soft skills, including how to shake hands, make eye contact, initiate and carry on a conversation.”

Near the end of the course, the students participated in a presentation by Mrs. Boman-Meek focusing on careers in STEM. Each student was then asked to select one career from the STEM pathways and create a presentation to share at the iSTEM Student Showcase.

Community members participating in the showcase and listening to the students’ presentations included parents, business professionals and school district staff members. At the event, students also had the opportunity to practice business skills while interacting with adults in a professional setting.

Summit Technology Academy, established in 1999 by the R-7 School District, is a unique high-school program that prepares students for careers in areas such as engineering, computer science, health care and creative science. The Academy serves students from 14 area school districts.

In the above photo, Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter, Lee’s Summit R-7 superintendent, listens to Benjamin Lampe’s presentation.


Student showing their presentation
Hannah Luhring shares information with Tom Wheeler of Metropolitan Community College.

Student showing their presentation
Jequan Johnson shares his career presentation with Katelyn Frogge (center), a college student and former Lee’s Summit R-7 iSTEM student, and Lisa Frogge of Faulkner’s Ranch.