The Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School STEM Program (science, technology, engineering, and math) is kicking off in the next couple weeks. The program, now in its third year of implementation, provides over one hundred students a hands-on, enrichment based, learning environment that is student centered. In other words - kids getting their hands dirty with STEM-based projects/activities and having fun while doing it. The program also aims at exposing students to new things and getting them interested in the possibility of a STEM related career.
This year, the program will over six different sections concentrating on multiple areas of STEM topics. They include: Physics, Human Body, Technology, STEM Book Club, Lego Robotics, and a Nursing Program. The program also includes on-site learning through local organizations, and will expand to offer college trips this year as well. Some of the new additions this year will include a section run by the school’s nurse offering CPR training, bio-medics, and first aide. Another great addition to this year’s program is a STEM Book Club, where a group of students will read and discuss STEM related text.
The program is grant funded and runs Monday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and utilizes the schools dinner program and late bus transportation. Permission slips have begun being distributed and must be returned to participate in the program. As the year continues, I will provide updates and pictures of activities students are completing.