Issues & Answers: FIRE Summit

Published: Apr. 9, 2018 at 9:19 PM EDT
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WYMT's Steve Hensley sat down with three Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative guests for this week's Issues and Answers.

KVEC Associate Director Dr. Dessie Bowling, Innovation Lead Bernadette Carpenter and Dr. Bruce Parsons with The Holler sat down for the interview to discuss the upcoming Fire Summit in Pikeville.

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative holds its FIRE Summit twice a year.

The idea behind it is to help teachers and students find, outside the box, ways to build and integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into their curriculums.

"From robotics to designing and building tiny houses, it’s going to be an exciting day," said KVEC Associate Director Dr. Dessie Bowling.

Students work together inside the classroom to find ways to better Eastern Kentucky, even finding a way to help curb the regions opioid abuse.

“These kids have designed apps to where there are all kinds of resources on these apps," said Dr. Bowling.

The cooperation between the students is a welcomed sight to organizers. They believe the cooperation between counties is the key to furthering Eastern Kentucky.

"They may be competitive on the football field but in the classroom, they're in there supporting each other and realizing that's what it’s going to take to help our region rise again," Dr. Bowling said.

The Summit is Wednesday, April 11 and takes place at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.

You can watch the full interview in the videos above.

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