Elementary and middle school students attended the first STEM event Saturday at Grace Day Care in Altus. Over 35 kids attended the workshop focusing on robotics based on engineering and computer science concepts. Exposing kids at an early age to computer science and engineering is a positive method to learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
President and CEO of STEM Achievement Eyo Effiong said students learn by using LEGO products to build robots by using hands-on computer integrated materials and components. “The projects engage and energize the mind of the students at a very young age,” said Effiong, “and teach them computer and engineering college-level concepts. They get to learn the concepts in a safe environment while playing with LEGO computer integrated elements.”
“Robotics with We Do” for grades 1 through 6 is one of the programs that helps students become-motivated active learners. The program also improves communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills.
“Math Sense with More to Math” is for grades 1 and 2. With this program students learn to problem solve through fun and high challenging activities focusing on the students learning mathematical problem solving strategies.
“Mindstorms” is for grades 7 through 12 and helps students learn computer science, science technology and engineering and math concepts through real-life problem solving.
Kids shared their Saturday experience and said they loved the workshops because they can make stuff and love the fun time. Effiong said, “We are very positive on the participation STEM Saturdays received from the first free workshop which hosted 100 kids, the second paid workshop hosted 35.”
Businesses are more than welcome to help sponsor kids by forming a partnership. The workshop fees are minimal, and parents can apply for scholarships if needed. Everyone is encouraged to research the benefits of a child participating in the STEM workshops and scholarships by calling Effiong at 580-699-8933 or at [email protected]
Reach Mary O. Esparza, at 580-482-1221, EXT. 2077