Local schools are focused on providing students with a quality education ingrained in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field.
To aid this effort, Lone Star College-Kingwood will host its second STEM Saturday event on April 1 for approximately 90 middle school students. The United Way of Greater Houston’s Education Initiative will fund the program.
“Our mission is to get middle school students in Harris and Montgomery counties enthusiastic about STEM activities, subjects, and careers while exposing them to a college campus and environment,” said Kristen Johnson, director of student diversity and equity.
According to the United Way, the 21st Century's information economy is creating more jobs that require a fair amount of expertise in the STEM field. For adolescents, a STEM education not only helps them to become innovators and critical thinkers, but also enables them to correlate theoretically-learned subject matter with practical, hands-on experience.
“United Way expects that program participants will acquire new skills, knowledge, and interests related to STEM. We hope they gain new knowledge, interests and aspirations related to college, and will experience a high-level of satisfaction with the STEM Saturday event,” said Karen Howard, senior program manager at Montgomery County United Way, now a part of United Way of Greater Houston.
At STEM Saturday, the students will participate in activities provided by the Math and Engineering division at LSC-Kingwood and learn how to do computer coding with The Microsoft Store at The Woodlands Mall.
“We will host Hour of Code workshop sessions which introduces students to computer science. Hour of Code is designed to demystify ‘code’; to show that anybody can learn the basics of coding,” said Tilicia Johnson, community development specialist at Microsoft. “Microsoft hopes to motivate students at this event to have fun coding, learn more about STEM careers, computer science, and #MakeWhatsNext.”
White Oak, Keefer Crossing, Timberwood, Humble, Ross Sterling middle schools and Peet Junior High School will participate in the event. For more information on STEM Saturday, email Kristen.A.Johnson@LoneStar.edu.
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Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 98,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.