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Giving Back in Moving Forward

Giving Back in Moving Forward

 

Wyoming Valley West Alumni Michael Costello is giving back to his alma mater, Wyoming Valley West School District’s Dana Street Elementary Center, in moving forward to learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  Mr. Costello has been employed by Netflix in California for the last five years working on the STEM involved in Netflix’s content delivery system that subscribers ultimately demand and see on screens.  Engaging fourth grade students, Mr. Costello stressed the importance of studying science, math, reading and English to be a well-rounded employee at Netflix despite the obvious need for strength in computer science, math and engineering.  He commented, “it is a difficult job and you must study hard and gain a lot of knowledge, but most importantly you cannot give up.  Engineers realize there is no perfect solution to every problem and compromises must be made as part of the job”.  In relation, he taught students how Netflix uses STEM to store videos on nationwide servers that are transmitted by routers to local internet service providers and ultimately end up on subscriber screens.  Fourth grade students are especially thankful that Mr. Costello inspired and grew their knowledge of STEM as it relates to real world applications such as Netflix.  Representing the educational opportunity in the photo are first row from left: Sadie Bond, Stella Wojciechowski, Shane Thompson and Matthew Godfrey; second row from left are Meghan Singer, Amelia Warren, Tyler Stephens and Olivia Dunbar; third row from left are Mr. Michael Costello, Netflix employee and W.V.W. Alumni, Mr. David Bond, Principal and Mrs. Maylan Nicholson, Guidance Counselor.