SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — November 8th is National STEM Day, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. At Destiny USA, an indoor amusement park is inviting kids to learn more about the expanding career opportunities in those fields through exciting and interactive exhibits.
Paige Perry, the group education and marketing manager for Wonder Works in Syracuse, is excited for the STEM jobs on the horizon for Central New York. Microchip-maker Micron has promised thousands of jobs will come to the region when their facility in Clay opens in 2026.
“Showing that those STEM careers are budding in Central New York is very important to the kids,” Perry said.
Perry also mentioned that another science-oriented venue locally, the MOST Museum in Syracuse, has partnered with Micron to create an exhibit.
Today, Wonder Works is launching a new exhibit that shows young visitors what it’s like to be a marine biologist, which includes a demonstration of what blubber feels like in ice water.
Kids love that demonstration, according to General Manager Jonathan Cascella, because “it’s super messy.”
Cascella hopes while young visitors are having fun, they may be inspired to take a closer look at a career in STEM.
“I’m an entertainer at heart,” he said, “so just seeing kids light up when the realize they’re having fun, but also learning something, it really makes me have the best kind of day.”