The Green Learning Team was an opportunity for 25 11th and 12th graders from Princeton High School and Hughes STEM High School to delve into the science, technology, engineering and math behind the urban environmental solutions demonstrated at the Green Learning Station. Students explored the technical details behind the Green Learning Station’s sustainable demonstrations and the education and career paths related to them. Each gathering will focus on a distinct theme presented through hands-on activities by a local expert: engineers from the Metropolitan Sewer District, University of Cincinnati students who developed the Green Learning Station sensor network, local farmers and composters, and architects.
Volunteers provide students with online academic guidance and career counseling, while letting them know that adults care about their issues and concerns.
This project created and nurtured technology-enabled mentoring relationships between IBM employees and “at-risk” students from Deer Park Junior / Senior High School. For two years IBM mentors guided the students through an online eMentoring curriculum designed to increase students’ self-awareness, confidence, and interest in STEM career fields.
The GCSC STEM Bicycle Club is a “heads on, hands on” project that engages middle school students for 10 weeks in the after-school environment. Students break down and re-assemble bicycles they get to keep. The STEM Bicycle Club builds student confidence and problem solving skills while reinforcing and bringing relevance to math and science principles taught during the school day. Through the involvement of community mentors and coaches, the club also exposes students to STEM career possibilities.
Student results include:
24% increased interest in STEM careers
11% increased interest to work in teams
10% improved understanding of the value to learn new technologies and math
“My time at Ockerman Middle was an amazing experience. Coming into the STEM Bicycle Club as the ‘bicycle professional’ I was very excited to get to work with the students and teach them about not only bike maintenance, but the engineering associated with making them work.I think the most inspiring aspect for me was seeing all 16 students engaged in the program and wanting to learn more. Watching them go from virtually no tool or mechanical knowledge on week 1, to successfully solving issues with their bikes on Week 10 during the test rides was awesome. I can’t wait to do it again.”Dave Huff, Executive Director at Riding Forward and Ockerman Middle School Volunteer Bicycle Expert, Spring, 2015
“The skill-building and mentorship the STEM Bicycle Club provides builds the students’ confidence and inspires them to pursue challenging high school curriculum, higher education and careers. They’re learning that STEM careers are really within their reach and their possibilities are endless,” Dr. Kathie Maynard, Assistant Dean for Innovations and Community Partnerships, University of Cincinnati, and GCSC Convener
Students design solutions to real-life problems and print them right in the classrooms!
The GCSC 3d Printers Club is a “heads on, hands on” project; it uses an exciting, hot new technology to engage middle school students . . . .3D printers! In the after school environment students design their very own 3D objects. The GCSC 3d Printers Club curriculum reinforces math and science principles taught during the school day. Through the involvement of volunteer coaches and STEM professionals who use 3D printing in the workplace, the club also exposes students to STEM career possibilities. 3D Printers Clubs are supported by P&G, the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH), the University of Cincinnati Research Institute (ucri), National Science Foundation (NSF grant # DRL1019672), and other partners across the Greater Cincinnati region.
The NAM has produced a video to show young people across America that there is a future in manufacturing. You know through your work that manufacturing is making a comeback, and we want the next generation to get excited about the opportunities ahead. Please share the video with the middle schools and high schools in your communities. You can also get out the word on social media and join the conversation on Twitter at #WeAreMFG. Sincerely, Jennifer McNelly President, The Manufacturing Institute