See our STEM Institute school-year offerings (NEW)
First Lego League Coaches Workshop, Sept. 12, 2015
If you are a first time FLL Robotics Coach or you’d just like to gain some better skills to help you with your team then check out our workshop at http://tinyurl.com/FLLcoachworkshop.
Rocketry Workshop at Preston Middle School, September 19, 2015 (parent/mentor/child workshop series)
This workshop is open to students 10 – 14 years of age and their accompanying parent or mentor. If you like things that fly fast, this Rocketry workshop might be just the thing to get you started on a career or fun hobby. This 3 hour event will be full of learning, building and weather permitting, launching your own rocket (rocket included in registration). http://tinyurl.com/PrestonRocketryWorkshop for more information and registration.
Coming next July – OCEANOGRAPHY: BERMUDA (parent/mentor/child workshop series)
Learn about marine systems at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science with Preston staff. DATES: July 18th – July 23rd, 2016. This camp is for students entering 6th-8th grade summer 2016. More information coming soon.
2016 STEM Institute Dates:
ELEMENTARY STEM INSTITUTE: June 6th – 10th and June 13th – 17th, 2016 (Students entering Grades 4 & 5 Fall 2016)
MIDDLE SCHOOL STEM INSTITUTE: June 6th – 10th and June 13th – 17th, 2016 ( Students entering grades 6-8 Fall 2015).
HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS: June 6th – 17th (link and application coming soon)
Please check back in January for STEM Institutes 2016 information.
The need to revamp American education, especially in math and the sciences, has been widely reported for over half a century. Study after study has shown that our students are not achieving in these subjects at a level comparable to the students in other parts of the world. Without a first class education in math, technology, and the sciences, American students face a difficult future and dramatically lower standard of living as adults. The staff at the STEM Institutes believe that STEM offers a creative solution to the nagging problem of achievement in these subjects. In “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future Executive Summary”, Patrick Gonzales, et. al. makes the following statement.
STEM education is about social responsibility. Solutions to major world problems have their roots in science and engineering. The problem of poor indoor air quality in underdeveloped countries was addressed by CSU with a high efficiency, wood-burning stove for example.
Middle level students are natural scientists. The 2010 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index found that, “An overwhelming number of respondents wish they knew more about STEM in order to create or invent something.” Students see science and technology as the source for the tools of change and they want to do something with their lives that makes things better for others without a motive for personal gain.
Without high-quality, knowledge-intensive jobs and the innovative enterprises that lead to discovery and new technology, our economy will suffer and our people will face a lower standard of living.