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Washington County interns learn all about science, math

July 20, 2010
  • Standing, from left, Washington County School Board President Wayne Ridenour and Superintendent of Washington County Public Schools Elizabeth Morgan listen as Washington County Technical High School senior Amber Byers, right, leads the group, including middle school interns Cory Woodhams and Daniel Hilden, in the testing of bacteria as part of the Gains in the Education of Mathemetics and Science/Young Engineers and Scientist program.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer,

Selected students from Washington County middle and high schools are taking in a paid one-week internship at Washington County Technical High School through the Gains in the Education of Mathemetics and Science/Young Engineers and Scientist program.

The GEMS/YES program is funded through the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick.

For this year, 170 students were accepted as interns.

The student interns are being taught by nine paid Near-Peer Mentors. They guide the middle school interns through interactive science experiments.

The goal of GEMS/YES is encourage to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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