Staff at John Joy Elementary School in Rome invited CTE students to talk with 90 third and fourth graders this week as part of an ongoing career exploration initiative. The MOBOCES students delivered interactive presentations on their CTE programs, which included presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Stations included using human electricity to light a bulb, exploring flavor profiles with different foods, watching a small engine repair demonstration, and practicing teamwork using a parachute.
For CTE Principal Erin Noto, the project served two purposes. First, it allowed her students to practice their presentation and communication skills and to interact with a different age group and audience than they are used to. Second, it is one way for area students to gain exposure to new career ideas earlier.
Nine CTE programs were represented on January 9, and students from the remaining nine programs will repeat the activity on January 17. Two students from each program worked with the elementary school.
The event was a continuation of a John Joy career exploration project that kicked off in December.