With summer almost halfway done (can you believe it!?), you may have noticed your child’s pent-up energy. A break from school is much needed, but boredom tends to creep into younger minds faster than we would like. Thankfully, there are great recreational opportunities during the summer that will engage and educate your child. Has summer camp crossed your mind?
As a Career Coach, I get the opportunity to talk with Middle and High School students about all of the academic and career options that exist for them after high school. One thing I encourage students to do is to make an informed decision by considering their skills, values, interests, and maybe most importantly, researching the current and future job outlook. STEM careers in Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin, and the rest of the country are booming, and are forecasted to continue to grow for the foreseeable future.
April showers bring May flowers… Or in Wisconsin, it’s April, so bring out the snowplows!
After “Blizzard Evelyn” pummeled our state recently, we have massive snow drifts to contend with, making turns from residential streets oh so delightful! And now with warmer temperatures, that snow is melting, and fast. So what happens to all that water after the snow melt? A phenomenon you may not have thought about since high school science class happens: Runoff.
By Toni Bear - YWCA Green Bay
Since I accepted my position as the YWCA Youth Program Coordinator, just short of a year ago, I have enjoyed experiencing all the YWCA has to offer and watching the programs grow and flourish in the community. Much of this is due to the growing recognition of STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) in the Green Bay area. However, without engaging programs, community organization support, and active community members, collaboration and empowerment deteriorates. By supporting each other, reaching out, and building up connections – everyone has the power to make a difference in the world.
I currently run TechGYRLS, a program that empowers young girls and encourages them to approach STEAM themes and concepts with an open mind. We want them to learn how to use creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and autonomy to accomplish anything they set their minds to. STEAM fields are generally male dominated, and thus it is important for us to encourage girls who are interested in these areas to explore! In fact, in the past seven months, TechGYRLS has reached over 200 young minds alone! But alone, does not mean without support.
This is why programs, like TechGYRLS are so important. They fuel education and excitement for children, but they also function as collaboration points for community members and organizations. Connections with other organizations help to bolster outreach and facilitate sharing of resources. A great example of this is the research that is being conducted in sync with TechGYRLS. At each TechGYRLS session, data is collected about the girls and their experience with, perceptions of, and confidence about STEAM topics and education. This helps us to see where current gaps lie, in terms of forwarding STEAM education. Preliminary research already shows improvement in girls’ STEAM perception after attending TechGYRLS. It is information like this that is extremely prevalent to our success and, when shared, the success of the community.
Be open and share! Your programs can help form connections, build community support, and increase your success. We instill collaboration in our TechGYRLS program, because it is something that we should all be doing. I am rewarded every day by excited smiles, unique ideas, and stimulating STEAM discussions. It’s because of programs like TechGYRLS that children get to have these amazing experiences, but more importantly the community gets to come together and support these brilliant minds that will, one day, work for the future world.
Want to know more about TechGYRLS? Visit our website at: http://www.ywcagreenbay.org/site/c.7nIGILOkG7IOE/b.9030963/k.F0EC/TechGYRLS.htm
As we enter 2018, our friends at the Einstein Project has a few tips for learning and growing in the new year.
Welcome to the Greater Green Bay STEM Network’s blog! In the last 16 hours, we discussed everything from website content to “word bacteria” and have collectively consumed more than 60 cups of coffee.