STEM Explore: Future STEMians Making New Discoveries

STEM Explore
Students working on a project

YSU STEM and Beeghly College of Education hosted its second annual STEM Explore Summer Program for middle school students from the Youngstown area. Since the event had been so successful the last year, the STEM Explore Coordinators, Dr. Katie Cripe, Professor Robert Korenic, and Dr. Sherri Lovelace-Cameron decided that there would be two sessions, the first running June 17th-21st and second June 24th-28th.

Each session was filled to the brink, with 25 students from areas around Youngstown. While some of the students from last year enjoyed STEM Explore so much that they attended again this year, the program welcomed many new faces. Many of last years participants were within the immediate Youngstown area, but this year, the program’s participants expanded to Liberty, Columbiana, and Hubbard.

The students enjoyed participating in several activities around the Youngstown area, including field trips to surrounding museums and activity centers, listening to speakers from YSU STEM, and hands-on learning activities. The students visited YSU’s own Mineral Museum, located in the lobby of Moser Hall, Oh Wow!, and the REC center at YSU. They observed many demonstrations like how solar cars run, the rock cycles, and “Slime.” They also participated in making Podcasts, Pasta Bridges, and more. The students enjoyed several demonstrations and lectures by professors from YSU STEM.

These future STEMians had a fun-filled, busy week showing them all YSU STEM could offer them in the years to come. The goal of the STEM Explore Summer Program is to spark interest in STEM to middle school students.  STEM Explore is not just a fun week for the students, but a chance for the students to get a better understanding of that STEM is and what they can do with it. The activities and lectures not only stimulate an interest in STEM, but explain what future careers and successes can come from investing in the studies of science, engineering, technology and mathematics. YSU STEM, in conjunction with Beeghly College of Education, did a great job this year enhancing the lives of these area students with their STEM Explore Summer Program!