Tallahassee, Florida- July 19, 2012
This was the third year that 7th through 12th graders at FAMU's Developmental Research School go a chance to gear up!
The summer :Gear Up" program provides kids a hands on experience while incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM. Students get to apply skills from those disciplines to solve problems in the classroom, and the program hopes it serves as a launchpad for pursuing careers in the future.
"We would like them to get into a STEM discipline at the next level in college, and ultimately in a STEM workforce," said Dr. David White, the program's coordinator.
"We learned how to build projects,and like how the sun reflects on the solar panel things, and it moves the little robot, and how the sun moves everything," said student Katari Walker.
The students built robots, shot off rockets, and built robot arms with hydraulics. The students are mainly from low-income school districts who may not have been exposed to the practical uses of what they learned in "Gear Up."