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SCHOOLS PREP STUDENTS FOR FUTURE JOBS THROUGH MATH, SCIENCE

With county unemployment hovering at a double-digit percentage for the past several years, county schools are taking steps to ensure that today's students will be ready for the challenges of the future.The increase of math and science classes and activities in Cleveland County Schools is helping youth prepare for future jobs."These are bright children," said Cleveland County Schools Superintendent Bruce Boyles. "These activities give them extra opportunities to not just learn mathematics in the classroom."Cleveland County Schools focuses on STEM Education, or science, technology, engineering, math, in schools, evident by this week's Math Day and robotics competitions.Math Day involved 78 fifth-grade students in teams competing against each other in working world problems. More than 100 students competed in the robotics competitions, building robots that could perform tasks such as knocking over bowling pins. "It gives them a taste of problem-solving in the real world, but allows them to compete with students who are their own age, in a level playing field," Cleveland Community College instructor Michael Gengler said of the robotics competition. "It takes some fear away by putting the students into a no-fault situation and allowing them to investigate a career."

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