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AAMU Student Shares Panel with U.S. Secretary of Education

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Charlevester Wims, AAMU senior computer science student, listens to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as he stresses importance of STEM disciplines.
 

An Alabama A&M University student participated in a recent panel discussion with United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Huntsville, Ala.

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Senior computer science major Charlesvester Wims of Thomaston, Ala., discussed the benefits and challenges of selecting a discipline related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Wims, who plans to further pursue software engineering, shared the panel with Grissom High School student Morgan Wagner and NASA mission specialist/educator Ricky Arnold.

 

In addition to encouraging visiting high school students to find the right balance after choosing STEM disciplines, Wims shared that he enjoyed his experiences in his high school's theatre program.

 

U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan visited Huntsville and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center as part of his "Partners in Progress" bus tour, which included stops in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.  Following the panel, Dr. Russ Shilling, senior STEM education leader, U.S. Department of Education, met on the AAMU campus to participate in a roundtable discussion on STEM challenges, successes and opportunities.  Annie P. Whatley, a 1972 AAMU alumna who serves as deputy director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact for the U.S. Department of Energy, also joined the discussion.

 
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