STEM LEARINING PROGRAMS
Students in grade 4th – 8th are introduced to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education through programs such as after-school programs, classes, camps, and workshops, applied science, engineering, and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solutions to real-world challenges. They also design, build, and program LEGO MINDSTORMS®-based robots to perform autonomous “missions” on a playing field. This STEM engagement will help students, develop critical thinking skills, encourage team-building, and enhance presentation skills.
SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMPS FOR STEM LEARNING
Our STEM Learning Camps were developed with the goal of engaging youth with exciting, hand-on activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. By partnering with the University of Georgia, Boys and Girls Club, the local school district and other STEM organizations, such as Millennium Training Systems (http://www.millenniumtrainingsystems.org/attorneys-1.html), MAYA broadens students’ exposure to STEM with a wide variety of innovative programs not yet developed in traditional school education. The fun and intimate hands-on activities strive to excite and inspire campers about STEM, creating enthusiasm that will spill over into their schoolwork and school choices in future years.
During the program, campers are introduced to scientists, engineers, and researchers who share their own real world STEM-based experiences, including their inspiration, and how they work, think and have grown their careers over time. By partnering with University of Georgia and a variety of successful entrepreneurs, campers are able to partake in activities that ignite their interest in a career related to STEM.
Our reading programs are held afterschool at local Boys & Girls Clubs and other community organizations. Being successful in any STEM background requires a good reading habit. This program will enhance overall concentration and the ability to comprehend complex ideas and concepts. Research shows that student reading proficiency directly correlates to their success in STEM related work. When reading literacy and STEM are taught in tandem, students experience a higher level of success in each area.