It was all about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Tuesday at Cloonan Middle School, where more then 50 sixth and seventh graders spent the day learning from West Point Cadets. For a second year, the Military Academy provided a hands-on STEM robotics workshop at the school, teaching students how to build and program robots from scratch.
“We’ve doubled the number of students in the program,” says Laureen Mody, assistant principal at Cloonan. “And we have students actually coming up and saying ‘may I join, may I be part of this.’”
“It exposes them to things that are outside of the classroom, things that are actually hands-on and fun, something that is tangible for them to build themselves,” says Dr. Kendall Williams, math professor at West Point. “A lot of students don’t get exposure to STEM, don’t get exposure to college opportunities; so for us to come out and bring college students out, college professors out, they get the exposure.”
“It’s my first time doing this,” says seventh grader Shamar Bryce. “I never knew you could actually program robots to do this kind of stuff.”
“It’s very exciting and there’s such of a variety of things that they’re teaching us during this program,” says seventh grader Emma Sawch, “It’s opening up a whole new look at all the concepts available in the future n colleges.”
The students who participated are part of the College For Every Student STEM program that helps first-generation students interested in the field prepare for the future. To find out more about the program, visit collegefes.org.