5—–4——3—–2—–1 SUMMER STEM BLAST-OFF!
The Katherine G. Johnson STEM Institute accepted student applications and surveys of interest from 6th, 7th, and 8th graders during May 2018 for its summer STEM Program. Having passed the End-of-Grade Test was a primary criterion for acceptance to its first summer experience. Twelve Alpha Students took the challenge of four weeks of academics and activities.
Dr. Mary J. Ferguson educator and author of STEM and Cyber Culture, was brought onboard during April 2018 to direct, research and create STEM-worthy programming for Alpha Academy’s students. The summer institute launched on Jun 5, 2018 and landed on June 29, 2018.
STEMatic Programming was in progress to include areas of:
– Science (Biology: Photosynthesis and Bee Colonies).
– Technology (Basic Research Techniques, Computer Languages and MS Office Skills).
– Engineering (Industrial and Computer Use During Construction).
– Math (Industrial Math Use, Geometry, Algebra I, Math for Girls and Boys).
– Community Service (Adopt-A-Street Project).
– NASA (Space Camp Preparation, Webinars and Videos.
– Field Trip Fridays (UNC-P Department of Biology, Barton Malow Company at the City of Fayetteville, Botanical Gardens and NCSU’s Department of National Geospatial Analytics).
– National Student STEM Opportunities.
– Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect.
– Humanities and STEM: Pioneers of the STEM Evolution.
Not only did students benefit but Alpha Academy gained four new community partners! This challenge will blast-off again during June 2019. Until then, stay grounded in STEM!
Thank you to supporting instructors!
Mr. A. Brown, Digital Marketing Analyst, Alpha Academy
Professor P. Williams, Computer Science & Math, Fayetteville State University’s Henry Eldridge Math and Computer Science Department