Wednesday, July 19, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish- The St. John the Baptist Parish Grants Department recently hosted their second STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) St. John Workshop at REGALA gym in Reserve.
Funded by the United Way and the Parks and Recreation Department, about 85 Parish Youth were able to learn about hydraulics. With the help of local industry, school board, parish staff and STEM volunteers, participants were able to better understand how hydraulics work by building and using siphons, elevators and bridges all powered by hydraulics. Before leaving, participants also received Certificates of Achievement from Raising Canes for a free meal.
Dr. Calvin Mackie, a New Orleans native, founded the STEM NOLA program to expose, inspire and engage youths in the surrounding communities to opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. “I really want to thank St. John for bringing this high quality program to their children,” said Mackie. “They will realize that they are competing with the world and must possess skills like critical thinking, collaboration and creativity if they want to participate in the workforce and be creators of their industry in the 21st century.”
STEM program participants get the opportunity to obtain modern communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills by doing project based and hands-on learning activities. “We look forward to the annual STEM Workshop,” said St. John Grant Administrator Myra Alexis Valentine. “It establishes an atmosphere which is supportive of the efforts of each participant, and it gives positive reinforcement.”
Thank you to the volunteers from Marathon and Cargill for helping put this program on and also to the Parish President’s CAO Laverne Toombs and Sheriff Mike Tregre for stopping by and talking to the participants about the benefits that come from attending programs like STEM.