Last week, a small group of spirited Seawolves set about a project they have been plotting for months.
Yujin Hong ’20, Jackie Li ’20, and MJ Kim ’20, the co-founders of Techseedz, worked with Tabor faculty members Lauren Boucher and Karl Kistler to offer a night of fun science learning for middle school students associated with Junior Achievement of Southcoast Massachusetts. Junior Achievement is an organization that offers entrepreneurship programs to the students in the community. This particular group, called SPARK, includes only girls who are interested in STEM, just the group our students were looking for.
The co-founders of Techseedz initiated contact with Junior Achievement after researching and finding the organization on their own. After finding the group, they attracted a few volunteers to help them along the way.
Our Tabor students met the SPARK girls and their faculty leader and enjoyed a pizza dinner, while they got acquainted with name games. After, they went to the Maker Lab where Dr. Kistler helped the students with an activity to carve individual name tags with each girl’s name as well as the Junior Achievement logo. After that, the students were treated to three short presentations: Artificial Intelligence, Brain Computer Interface, and Tricky Taste Buds!
Using interactive learning techniques, our students had the girls laughing and learning all at once. It was a terrific night that not only showed our student’s spirit for service, but also their thirst for sharing their knowledge and interests. It was a win-win all the way around.
Junior Achievement faculty member Nicole Nault said, “Thank you all so much for putting on this great workshop for our SPARK Program girls! We’re very grateful for Tabor Academy’s generosity in hosting the event, all the teachers’ efforts to coordinate and oversee the activities, and the students’ hard work in planning and executing a very successful workshop! The evening went very well and got the girls excited about STEM.”
There is no doubt that our eager organizers will figure out more ways to engage with girls on the South Coast with similar interests in STEM.