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According to Britannica, the word STEM was introduced in 2001. It's an acronym for Technology, Engineering, & Math. The letter "A" was added to represent the arts. Our executive director, Ms. Margo, brings years of experience in the field & creates a pipeline of STEAM learners for future.
The 2014 Annual Coley Little STEM was the first effort to host a camp at the historic JH Sampson Life Center in Kinston, NC, where students from grades 4 -12 engaged in forensic science, compliments of NC State University. Business, law, and technology experts mentored students. John Deere loane employee volunteers while North Carolina A&T's engineering student served as a counselor. In 2015, the Lin Dawson Boys Academy & Saturday Math Lab partnred with the Kinston Community Children's Garden to learn how to plant, harvest,and maintain a food and herb garden.
The 2015 Annual Coley Little STEM Camp was a partnership with the Kinston Community Garden and Eastern Carolina University's Food Science Department to engage students in learning the chemistry of certain nutritional foods, agriculture, and cooking. The Master Gardeners volunteered with NC State Extension, a local and statewide outreach provider, delivering research-based agricultural, food, and youth programs that create economic, societal, and intellectual prosperity for all North Carolinians
The 2016 Annual Coley Little STEM Camp put testing equipment & water activities in the hands of campers, compliments of the STEM Research Center at East Carolina University and NASA. In addition students tested water on the Neuse River, created storm simulations, and discussed how race and class impacted the water tragedy in Flint, Michicagn. Our wellness director and co-camp diretor Jelyse Dawon attended the NASA trainings.
With constant persistence from our E.D., Ms. Margo, NASA agreed to come to Eastern North Carolina to train educators and share science curriculum. 2017 marked the second year of our NASA partnership. Our STEM team traveled to three Lenoir County Parks and Recreation sites to engage with students. Thanks to fomer ECU Teaching Fellow/interns Todd Gabriel & Kinston High school student, Zynia Pitman were among the STEM team.
North Carolina Agriculture & Technical University, according to the U.S. News & World Report has accelerated graduation numbers in areas like STEM. We hold an annual invitation to the Women in Science & Tech Lunch/Tour. In 2019, we took nearly 50 girls from North Carolina to increase their knowledge on course preparation, study habits, and careers in STEM.
When we could not get funders to support our e-learning educational programs from 2017 - 2020, they didn't see COVID-19 coming. As a result of being shut-down, we filmed a series of free videoes that included science fun, literacy, and puppetry. Our use of technology created a digital culture that would sweep the world for K-12 education and beyond.
Using technology, we launched our first Covid-Relief summer camp called Fit to Soar Girls Leadership Camp to foucs on careers, education preparation, fitness, and mentorship from over 20 women from the U.S. and Singapore. Partnerships included NCA&T, UNC-Chapel Hill, Harvard, Wake Tech Community College, and local businesses.
The co-directors of the Fit to Soar Girls camp in 2020 united to write a 57-page guidebook for the Fit t Soar Mentoring Program. Additional components atr the Mental Health Fitness coaching. Activities include self-assessment, research, interviews, reading exercises, journaling, surveys, and accessing the digital mentor library.
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