Scotlandville Magnet High School students who recently learned about and built catapults with mentoring from local engineers put their devices to the test in a competition, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, trying to launch small rubber balls over short walls and into plastic wading pools. A selective, engineering-focused magnet program at Scotlandville High is now celebrating its 35th year, and Saturday's first annual HSEP (High School Engineering Professionals) Engineering Symposium showcased the program.

   The anniversary comes at a time when many schools are looking to incorporate STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — into their curricula. Scotlandville High's program came about soon after the school was designated a magnet school in 1982, and ever since then has been offering courses in engineering topics — such as digital electronics, design and development, and robotics — that students can take in place of traditional electives.