Summer of STEM at YWCA Princeton: A Recap

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Throughout the summer, our robotics interns, Maya and Sam, have been guiding activities in the PCV Robotics Camp, Summer Stem Club, giving weekly STEM presentations to students at the CDC, and mentoring YWCA Robotics teams. They recently recapped their experience in a presentation delivered to YWCA Princeton staff and Board members.

Each week of the Summer Stem Club included a different theme and activity, including electricity, solar science, chemistry, and physics. We were glad to learn that the students loved the hands-on activities, like making homemade lava lamps and solar cookers, and were engaged with the lessons.

Sam and Maya helped the First Lego League team program, build a new field, and brainstorm new projects. They also helped the First Tech Challenge teams, Robotic Rockettes and Prototype G, by teaching and installing Solidworks, and set up a Grabcad file server for the season.

Our classes at the Child Development Center visited the robotics lab on Fridays for presentations about robotics or STEM topics. Maya and Sam said they were excited to expose our Young Wonders to the STEM and robotics world!

With each program Maya and Sam were involved with, they explained what they did, what went well, and what could be improved. Throughout the summer they adjusted their lesson plans to reflect the age and interests of the participants, and gave us great feedback to make next summer even better!

At YWCA Princeton, we’re proud to work with college students such as Maya and Sam to educate and entertain the next generation of engineers and scientists. Maya will be a sophomore at Yale, and Sam will begin his freshman year at NJIT. We wish them all the best in their fall semester!