The New Summer Camps Must Have STEAM and STEM Components

Building with STEAM
Building with STEAM


The New Summer Camps Must Have STEAM and STEM Components

William Jackson, M.Ed. #MyQuestToTeach

New initiatives in education and the increase of hands-on instruction
accompanying a STEM or STEAM model are being used in summer
camps.
Engaged and interactive learning is becoming the norm for summer
programs.  Youth, teens and young adults attention spans are short
and the window to lay the foundation for learning and comprehension
is sometimes short. There is competition with gaming, social
engagements with Social Media platforms and other digital
entertainment.

The push for gender equality in education still remains out of reach
because mentalities are slow to change concerning the abilities of girls
and women. The affects of socio-economic factors and gender-based
bias are preventing equal opportunities in learning.

A concern that should be addressed is the low female participation in
Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics (STEAM) that leads
to be a progression into careers. Worrisome is the lack of girls and
women of color and culture in STEAM majors that lead to high paying
careers and thought leadership.

STEAM prevails many aspects in the catalytic for the achievement
of girls and women in preparation for careers. Education is key,
but the right education is paramount the directs girls and women
in the right direction that is best their-selves. It is crucial for
women and girls to have equal opportunities to contribute
and benefit from STEAM opportunities.

Girls and women participation, achievement and continuation in
STEAM studies is important in classrooms and even more important
during months when summer camps offer hands-on individual
and group instruction. The exposure to new ideas for careers, using
differential instruction, integration of diverse technologies, mentoring
and participating in Professional Learning Networks and communities
adds to the value of Learning Agility.

In Jacksonville alone the growth of STEM, STEAM, STREAM, Coding
and Web Development workshops and programs can be seen from
the Jacksonville Public Library system, the National Council of Negro
Women in partnership with My Quest To Teach
(William Jackson, M.Ed.).
The Arts with Aida Correa of  (LoveBuilt Life, LLC), Jacksonville 100
Black Men, the JAX PAL Summer STEAM Program and others.

Monica Timmons of National Council of Negro Women has an
extensive background in web development, coding and digital
technologies, she has a passion for helping youth, teens and
young adults to learn skills they will need for 21st
and 22nd century employment.

The past EYH – Expanding Your Horizon provided STEAM
workshops to girls from 5th grade to 8th grade at University
of North Florida. Women in the diverse fields of science, technology,
engineering,  math, business, nano-technology, DNA Mapping,
education and even those of military service, guided girls in
hands-on learning. The girls put on lab coats, googles and gloves
to simulate working in labs to provide a realistic feel to
their learning.

Girls and women have a right to equal opportunities that boys
have and equitable rights to have resources both hands-on
and digital that allow for maximum engagement. Summer
break should be open opportunities of engagement,
empowerment, collaboration and integration of new
learning adventures.

Summer camps expand the learning opportunities and
should apply what is taught in the classrooms and
enhance it even further.
The need especially in communities where youth, teens
and young adults need exposure, mentorship, modeling,
guidance and digital access. Representation does matter
because youth, teens and young adults of color
need to see professionals of color as thought leaders,
digital innovators, content creators and diverse users
of technologies that are cutting edge. One of them is the
saving of Twitter posts and the potential to use this
information against people. Weaponizing information
is the next threat people need to be aware of and
guard against.
Library of Congress Has Now Archived 170 Billion Tweets
https://mashable.com/2013/01/05/library-of-congress-twitter/

STEM and STEAM are only as good as what the participants
put in and get out of it. The level of engagement and relevancy
is vital because the participants need to understand how to
apply their learning and what they will get out of it. Youth,
teens and young adults should not see learning as boring,
dull or difficult, this is a time to experience new things,
new challenges and apply what they already learned in
schools. To be able to take that school knowledge to
another level.

Summer time is a perfect time to learn new ways that
tech can be influential and fun. It has to be relevant,
real and easy to apply.

Summer Resource:
Jacksonville Public Library – Highlands Library
https://www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/locations/highlands-regional

My Quest To Teach
http://myquesttoteach.com/

National Council of Negro Women and My Quest To Teach
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-kids-can-code-tech-series-tickets-61105350749

JAX PAL
https://jaxpal.com/

Jacksonville 100 Black Men
https://100blackmenjax.org/

LoveBuilt Life, LLC
http://lovebuiltlife.com/

If you have not already done so, please register your kids for an
amazing STEAM event in collaboration with Jacksonville
Public Library – Highlands branch,  William Jackson of
My Quest to Teach, Aida Correa of LoveBuilt Life, LLC,
and Monica Timmons of Jacksonville section of NCNW, Inc.
STEAM committee.
*Discuss STEAM opportunities
*Senior Technology Staff provide knowledge transfer
*CODE through PLAY
*SOCIAL media overview
*Door Prize Give-aways
Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-kids-can-code-tech-series-tickets-61105350749

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