*Editor's Note: What happens when students take over the camera at career day? That's exactly what the Bossier Press-Tribune found out last week when Managing Editor Amanda Simmons handed over a camera to third, fourth and fifth graders at Elm Grove Elementary. Students first learned how to properly hold the camera, which buttons to push and composition tips before they were given free reign to capture the events unfolding inside their school's gymnasium. The photos you see here were all taken by students at Elm Grove Elementary.

Students at Elm Grove Elementary School engaged in a hands on career day last week that brought the world of STEM right to their fingertips.

The school welcomed local businesses to share how they utilize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in their career field. The goal was to increase knowledge of STEM-related careers, give students a sense of what skills, values and training are needed, provide a better understanding of strong work ethic and to make a vital connection between education and real world careers.

Third, fourth and fifth grade students were invited to try hands-on activities at each career station in the gymnasium. Fifth grade teacher Tim Mallien coordinated the event.

“It was by far our most successful Career Day that we have had to date,” Mallien said.

Fourth grader Tristan Santoro took interest in the presenters from the 917th Operations Support Flight at Barksdale Air Force Base.

“When I grow up, I want to be a marine. Being in the military runs in my family,” Santoro said. “What I learned is that you have to be smart and finishing school is important.”

Participating in the STEM Career Day were Lindsay Ferrington – PA and PA Instructor at LSUHSC; Angela Thomas – Radio News Anchor at 710 KEEL; Dan Jovic – Evening News Achor at NBC 6; Amanda Simmons – Managing Editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune; Andrea Falcetto – Education Specialist at Chimp Haven; Mary Mano – Graphic Designer at Sweet Cloud Studios; Joe Bluhm – President and Graphic Designer at Sweet Cloud Studios; Adam Spoor – Computer Programmer at Willis Knighton; Sharon Howey – Retired Orthodontic Technician at Cosse & Silmon Orthodontics; Stacy Taylor – Owner and Massage Therapist at Therapy Innovations; SSGT Meagan Kay – 917th Operations Support Flight, Barksdale AFB, La; TSGT Patrick Smith – 917th Operations Support Flight, Barksdale AFB, La.

*Editor’s Note: What happens when students take over the camera at career day? That’s exactly what the Bossier Press-Tribune found out last week when Managing Editor Amanda Simmons handed over a camera to third, fourth and fifth graders at Elm Grove Elementary. Students first learned how to properly hold the camera, which buttons to push and composition tips before they were given free reign to capture the events unfolding inside their school’s gymnasium. The photos you see here were all taken by students at Elm Grove Elementary.