Jaiden Haley, sophomore, Central Valley High School, No Phone Number Available
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 3 p.m.
I never knew how much high tech gear was in a fire truck! I got to see it close up with more than 30 other students from Central Valley, Inchelium, and Riverside. We got to tour City of Spokane facilities to see how the government uses computer science technology every day.
We started out at a Fire Station to check out how firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and parking enforcement officers use technology to help them do their jobs. They use a ton of equipment to keep people safe and enforce the law. We saw demonstrations using license plate readers, body cameras, and even robots.
From there, we moved on to the library and then to City Hall. Technology plays a huge role in so many ways there, too. People who work at City Hall showed us how they keep data safe from hackers and use videos and website information to tell people about the latest events and projects.
Our field trip was part of Greater Spokane Incorporated's Computer Science Week. The idea behind the week is to show how valuable STEM education is. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We definitely saw how important STEM is in keeping the government working. Thank you so much to the workers and everyone who gave us a great tour of the City of Spokane!