STEM Explore Summer Program

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Students huddle around a table having a discussion.

YSU STEM will be holding their second annual STEM Explore Summer Program for middle school students from around the Youngstown area. Last year’s program was so successful for YSU STEM and for the students who attended that, this year, they have expanded the program to two one-week sessions. Each session, the first running June 17-21 and second June 24-28 from 9am to 3pm, has twenty-five students ready to explore what STEM programs have to offer. Students will meet at the Beeghly College of Education in the morning, where they will be taken to various places throughout YSU and the Youngstown area.

Dean Abraham and the Dean from the Beeghly College of Education, Dean DiPillo had previously asked if there was a way to increase student enrollment in the YSU STEM. Dr. Katie Cripe (Beeghly College of Education), Dr. Sherri Lovelace-Cameron (Chemistry), and Professor Robert J. Korenic (School of Engineering Technology) came up with a plan. Together, they gathered several newly licensed teachers and organized STEM Explore to stimulate interest in areas of STEM, starting with middle school children. They are not only introducing STEM by planning fun activities and experiments, but they relate STEM studies to life and possible future careers for the students.

Students, from grades 6-8, will be engaging in several activities, like making podcasts; discovering Math and Chemistry; visiting the Mineral Museum and Oh Wow! Children’s Center; and will be utilizing all of YSU, including the Recreation Center and Medical Center. Students will listen to several speakers from all over STEM, as well as geology and geography.

“The kids from last year wanted to stay all night, all month, all year!” Dr. Cripe says. Several of the students from last year will be attending again this year and those students have spread the word. Several schools outside of the immediate Youngstown area, including Liberty, Columbiana, and Hubbard have also registered.