A new Organization design to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education and raise awareness for STEM programs.
Created by the RoboBees, FIRST® Team 836, growingSTEMS™ (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Students) is a new organization that aims to promote STEM awareness and education in Southern Maryland and beyond. The organization will have three major branches to accomplish this task and is designed to support students from elementary school through high school. The goal is to reach students early so that they will have a better understanding of STEM fields, regardless of what they choose to study. We hope that by facilitating this understanding, we will be creating a generation that celebrates innovation and creativity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as other fields. This is important because innovation and creativity are the solutions to the world’s problems. Ideas for the next great solution may come not only from engineers and scientists but from the paints of an artist or the pen of a writer. We hope to prove that everyone can play a part in fixing today's and tomorrow's problems. From artists to engineers, we all have a role.
Why do we believe that STEM education and awareness is important? Our answer is simple. Our students are our next generation of problems solvers and we want them to know their potential.
The purpose of the outreach branch is to seek out students and adults who are not currently involved in STEM activities. These efforts will include programs focused at both STEM education and awareness.
Activities for this branch will be:
- Interactive STEM Lessons
- STEM in the Park
- Children's Book
- Essay Contests
- Robot Demonstrations
- Art Contests
- Informational Displays
- STEM video series
The support branch will focus on supporting existing STEM activities and teams such as FIRST® Robotics (FRC, FTC, FLL and Jr.FLL), and VEX along with the associated competitions. This group will also support other organizations, such as the Boy Scouts, with their STEM programs.
Activities for this branch are:
- Team Support Documents
- Student Training Programs
- Outreach Packets for Teams
- Competition Support
- growingSTEMS™ Website
Ideally, a student will start with growingSTEMS™ through our outreach program and move through a growingSTEMS™ supported activity or team. The final step is our scholarship group. The goal of this branch is to help graduating seniors pursue and obtain STEM related scholarships. This will be done by providing a list of scholarship opportunities, and giving tips on how to apply for and write essays for scholarships. We also hope to offer a few sponsored growingSTEMS™ scholarships each year to students that demonstrate the core values of our organization. These are innovation, creativity, and volunteerism.
Why is STEM education so important?
We live in a world that is growing more complicated by the day and the complex problems of our world demand new solutions. By inspiring students to study STEM fields we hope to help them find the tools they need to develop these solutions. Among these tools are innovation and creativity.
These two skills are crucial because every solution needs them. Ideas for the next great solution may come not only from engineers and scientists but from the paints of an artist or the pen of a writer. By giving more people an understanding of STEM fields, we hope to show that everyone can play a part in fixing today's and tomorrow's problems. From artists to engineers, we all have a role.
So why do we believe that STEM education is important? Our answer is simple. Our students are our next generation of problems solvers and we want them to know their potential.
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Contact growingSTEMS™ on their website!