The EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia, South Carolina has a daily after school program called ASPIRE that focuses on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) activities.
In the program, middle school students meet for one hour a day to explore topics such as health and wellness, physics, biology, and civic responsibility. In addition, ASPIRE offers bimonthly projects that utilize the scientific method to help students develop their processing and creative thinking skills, with experts in various fields from the local community acting as mentors.
Last year, 108 students participated in the ASPIRE program and completed several projects. On the museum’s Future Leaders Day, students mentioned that there was a great deal of bullying and gang activity at a nearby middle school.
The ASPIRE students decided to design and implement a distance learning project on bullying, gangs, and diversity to share with the students in the other school district. After extensive research, the ASPIRE students developed surveys for the other school’s students and faculty, using their science, research, and presentation skills to enlighten their troubled friends. The project was very well received and the recipient students and faculty were incredibly grateful.
For more information about Weekly science program,visit the program : Hompage
Contact : Brittani Lane
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