Technology was a big hit at Mullens Elmentary’s job fair last Thursday.
The Wyoming County Career and Technical Center had a drone and mobile robotics on display, and there was a steady flow of children around to marvel at it all.
It was the school’s first appearance at the fair, according to MES Principal Carolyn Wilcox.
Richard Morgan, instructor of robotics and electronics at the CTC, said he thought it was important for students to see what kind of jobs will be available in the years ahead.
“The FAA s says drones are a $1.7 billion industry,” Morgan noted. “By 2020 it will be a $17 billion industry.”
CTC students made the drone rise up and down, allowed children to try out a remote control vehicle and demonstrated a robotic arm.
“Maybe the kids will see that there are other jobs out there besides being a coal miner or a school teacher or the things they see here,” Morgan said. “Maybe they will see that these aren’t just jobs that people in big cities do.
“We want them to see that these are not just jobs that you dream about but that it can be a reality,” Morgan said.
Other popular attractions included a contractor’s construction display and, out on the school lawn, animals.
There were baby goats, chickens and rabits for the children to see
“Animals are always a favorite,” Wilcox observed.
Christopher Sizemore of L & G Trucking, let youngsters climb into his truck and honk the horn.
“I didn’t get it cleaned up as well as I would like,” he said. “But I got it clean enough that the kids won’t get their clothes dirty.”
Sizemore has driven trucks for 14 years, the last 12 with L & G.
“When I was a kid, I was fascinated with big trucks,” he recalled.
At a table in the MES gym, Charlene Cook of the Rural Appalachian Improve,ent League (RAIL) was giving out seeds and information on gardening.
“We want to promote healthy eating and healthy living,” she said.
She was assisted by 9-year-old Annie Cook, a third grader at the school.
While a number of schools in the county have job fairs, Wilcox says MES was the first elementary school to host one and started more than 20 years ago.Students always look forward to it, she reported. “One student told me he got up at 6 a.m. because this is his favorite day of the year,” Wilcox said.
Participants included AmeriCorps, author Rhiannon Kelly Mills, carpenter Casey Repass, carpenter Dave McKinney.
Deputy Sheriff J.W. Clemins, Dr. Mike Muscari, farmer Abby Hardy, farmer Jimmy Manning, lawyer Lyndsey Branham, logging truck driver Chris Sizemore.
Mullens Fire Department, Raven Clemins of Nail Tech, Annie Morgan of WVVA, Keri Anderson of Pharmacy Tech, probation officer Angie Johnson.
Justin Miller of the railroad, Sandra Hawley and Selina Vickers of RESA, Richard Morgan (robotics), Tina Lane of Rose Florald.
Robin Folden, school nurse; Jenny Ann Lusk, school nutritionist; Juanita Bishop, social services; Heather Hood, soup maker; Jim Sassak of Southern Communications Radio, David Lord of the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.
Zach White of STAT Ambulance, Amanda Shrewsbury of Vanity Table, David and Brianna Wood of Tankersley Funeral Home, Hope McNeely, veteranarian; Stephanie Lusk, WVU Extension Service; Billy King, water department maintenance; Demia Aliff, 911 operator.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.