The interaction we saw this week between Shawe Memorial High School students and area industry leaders is exactly the kind of collaborative effort it is going to take to train the next generation of workers.

The students gathered with industry leaders, teachers and school administrators Wednesday to demonstrate some of the things they've learned in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math - or STEM.

The presentations were part of a STEM roundtable discussion between the school, EcO15 and representatives of Grote Industries, Vehicle Service Group, Arvin Sango, Inc., Royer Corporation, Madison Chemical, Dow Corning and the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation.

The goal of the program is to create a better relationship and understanding between local businesses and educators, and to learn what the school can do academically, to take it to the next level.

STEM-related education has come a long way since we learned how to make a lightbulb glow using a potato.

The discussions ranged from scatter plots and prediction lines to Charles' Law - none of which we could even begin to explain. But the students sure knew what they were talking about.

This school-industry relationship must be nurtured. We need to keep these intelligent young people working in the area once they complete their schooling.