Teach-In program brings Hazardous Device Team to Howard Middle

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An Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputy explains the equipment the Hazardous Device Team uses when responding to bomb threats to Howard Middle School students on November 6. (Photo courtesy of Orange County Public School)

S.T.E.M. students at Howard Middle School saw robots, drones and protective bomb suits this morning in a demonstration by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) Hazardous Device Team.

Deputies demonstrated the tools they used in the field when responding to bomb threats. Eric Yuhasz, a S.T.E.M. teacher at Howard, said the goal of the demonstration was to show students how what they learn in the classroom can translate to the real world.

“Even in the world of law enforcement, S.T.E.M. itself applies,” Kurtis Stewart, an OCSO corporal said.

The Teach-In program brings business leaders to public schools to show students different career paths and how education ties into their training for that career. Volunteers from various fields come to schools in Orange County to be a “teacher for a day.” Teach-In is organized by the Foundation for Orange County Public School.

“It gives me a real life chance to see how what we learn in class can be put into our everyday lives for jobs like that,” said Isabella Allo, a Howard student who attended the demonstration.

OCPS encourages volunteers to share with students their experiences in their field and how academics tie into their training by visiting bit.ly/2WPXqQ9.

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