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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics—Students Engaged in Life Long Solutions

STEM student image 1STEM SELLS is a summer workshop for students entering middle school to excite them about science, technology, engineering, and math. By providing a hands-on experience, led by university scientists, students explore and investigate some of the STEM concepts they witness in everyday life. The goal of STEM SELLS is to generate more interest in STEM subjects in school and as career choices.

College professors and local middle school teachers, assisted by Forward in the Fifth staff, facilitate the two-day workshops. Inquiry-based activities explore areas such as chemistry, microbiology, physics, robotics, and mathematics. Teachers have the opportunity to gain content and teaching tools they can take back to their classrooms. Community leaders share their expertise by introducing students to resources and career options.

STEM student image 2Up to 25 fifth and sixth grade students participate in each workshop in the local school science lab, with some learning opportunities occur on field trips. The program is free of charge to all selected students.

Counties participating in STEM SELLS workshops in June 2011 were Bell, Clinton, Lee and Morgan.

Here is what past participants have said about STEM SELLS:

What we have learned will give us an edge for the future and be a great reminder of a summer that we will never forget.

The experience of getting to go to a college was awesome. I like biology the most. When I get older, I hope to have a job that involves biology.

I learned so much more than I already knew about science and it was fun and interesting, unlike reading a textbook and answering questions.

I got to control a motor, buzzer and an elevator with only a computer. The next session I learned about the brain…and bears too. This place is awesome!STEM student image 3

This was an absolute privilege. I now have a new favorite class that I hope I major in college…PHYSICS.

For more information about future STEM SELLS workshops, contact us.

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