State University is now offering a summer program focused on science,
technology, engineering and math for children entering grades 1-8.
McNeese STEM Academy is an 11-week program – May 28-Aug. 9 – that seeks
to inspire and motivate young minds to explore the world around them
and imagine, create, test, improve and solve everyday problems, according
to Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
The Academy replaces the summer Kids College program.
“The STEM Academy will use
engineering applications as the means to teach students critical thinking,
problem solving and innovation principles through fun, imaginative, hands-on
exploratory activities that integrate math and science content,” says
He says the activities
and projects in the classroom will be reinforced during field trips
where participants are exposed to real life solutions of problems
investigated in the classroom.
Among the many topics to be explored are bridge
design, rockets and rovers, Lego robotics, play dough chemistry, water
resources, earthquakes, recycled material and engineering equipment.
The summer program will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30
p.m. Monday through Friday in Drew Hall and Kiritsis says participants can
attend for a week, a month or for the whole summer.
National Science Foundation estimates that 80% of the jobs created in the next
decade will require some form of math and science skills.
“The ultimate goal of STEM education is to encourage
students to take an interest in STEM subjects at an early age,” adds Kiritsis. “This
is the perfect program for students to explore future career possibilities in
the STEM areas.”
Registration is $80 and cost per week is $200. For more information, visit www.mcneese.edu/STEMacademy or call 337-562-4137.
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