STEM takes over at Pybus Market with more than 100 participants


The focus was on Science Technology Engineering and Math at the Pybus Market in Wenatchee Saturday. The Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance, (GWATA) and five area school districts  hosted the event which served as a showcase of how schools and businesses are helping integrate technology into the classroom.

“Starting with the event center we have the Lego competition going on, these are Eastmont students displaying their Lego robotics,” said Jenny Rojanasthien, executive director of GWATA. Throughout the main floor of Pybus, visitors saw a variety of things from animation on objects like bananas to coding.

Saturday’s event featured a variety of projects undertaken by students from the Eastmont, Wenatchee, Quincy, Omak, Soap Lake school Districts.. .

“We are in the computer tech classroom at the Wenatchee Valley Tech Center,” We do everything from drones to robotics to computer programming,” said student Jay C. Gleason from the Tech Center. “It’s something that we all found a love for and with this class we found a lot more new loves.”

Allesia Mendoza of the Wenatchee Valley Tech Center said the center works on more than learning new technology.

“We don’t just only work on this stuff here, we also work on getting our certificates,” Mendoza said. “Something that me and Jay C. did last year, we’re two-year students we got our certificate in Microsoft Operating Systems and because of that we’ve been given so many opportunities. Currently, we’re working on basic hardware certificate and Jay C. already got security so that is super cool.”

Over 100 students and teachers participated in the event which is sponsored by Microsoft TEALS a high school computer program.