2017 Maryland STEM Festival

2017 Maryland STEM Festival (marylandstemfestival.org/)

Maryland's annual 13-day STEM Festival begins next month and will feature a variety of events across the state including a Regrow Your Groceries program in Garrett County

STEM highlights science, technology, engineering and math fields. 

Scott Fritz, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Frostburg State University, helps coordinate the annual Western Maryland STEM Festival, which the college sponsors each May. The event includes kindergarten through 12th grade students from Allegany and Garrett counties, as well as some schools in West Virginia.

On Tuesday, he said Southern Garrett High School has been chosen to lead a T-shirt design competition, from area school students, for the 2018 event. 

"Every student that attends the festival gets a T-Shirt," he said. 

Last year's local STEM festival featured roughly 30 activities and 700 students and parents.

"It continually grows every year," Fritz said. 

He also said FSU's planetarium department plans to participate in this year's Maryland STEM Festival.

"STEM fields are ... actively growing career fields," he said. "STEM includes healthcare."

FSU, in collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimore, is in the process of developing a physician assistant program. The program will be located at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, he said.

"We will be admitting our first class summer of 2019," Fritz said.

Teresa McMinn is the digital editor at Cumberland Times-News. Email her at tmcminn@times-news.com, call/text her at 304-639-2371 and follow her on Twitter.

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Teresa McMinn, a 24-year veteran journalist, is the Cumberland Times-News Digital Editor in Western Maryland.