St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

STEM St. John Workshop Makes Learning Fun for Youth

STEM St. John Workshop Makes Learning Fun for Youth

Thursday, July 14, 2016

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH- Over 100 youth from the River Parishes attended the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer and Math) workshop featuring Dr. Calvin Mackie at REGALA Gym on Monday, July 11 at REGALA Gym in Reserve.

Funded by the United Way Foundation, the workshop taught participants about Newton’s Laws of Motion and how they apply to automobiles. With the help of local industry, school board, parish and STEM volunteers, participants performed activity to better understand how automobiles work, and each attendee built his or her own car powered either by a motor or wind. Groups took to the race track after their cars were complete to see who had the fastest car of the day.

Before leaving, participants also received Certificates of Achievement from Raising Canes for a free meal. New Orleans native and former Tulane University Engineering professor, Mackie founded the STEM NOLA program to expose, inspire and engage youths in the surrounding communities to the opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. “We want to prepare these kids to compete not with Baton Rouge, New Orleans or even Louisiana, but the world,” explained Dr. Mackie. “We want them to able to compete in this 21st century world.”

Through STEM, participants receive the opportunity to obtain modern communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills by doing project based and hands-on learning activities. "The first annual STEM Workshop was a true success," said St. John Grants Administrator Myra Alexis Valentine. "We look forward to hosting the workshop for many years to come."

Thank you to all volunteers including:

  • St. John Parish Public School System
  • Marathon
  • DuPont
  • Cargill