BREC and key partner, Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System, wrapped up a successful eight-week “STEM Lab” at Tom “Pete” Purvis Park recently. Designed to curb effects of summer learning loss and to increase interest in STEM topics and careers, BREC campers were emp
At final count the Lab received just over 2,400 visitors from BREC summer camp locations, as well as Boys and Girls Clubs and Big Buddy camps, attended the STEM Lab up to one to three times. Staffing for the STEM Lab was made possible through an AmeriCorps VISTA grant and ExxonMobil. Sixteen AmeriCorps VISTA members were recruited to facilitate the eight-week Lab and ExxonMobil Summer Internship program provided funding for an intern to manage the day-to-activities at the Lab. Training, lessons, and materials were provided by STEMup Baton Rouge and BREC. A special thanks also goes out to IBM, who served as volunteer mentors on Fridays.owered to apply science and math skills gained during the school year to real world engineering challenges. All projects offered campers cool opportunities to act like an engineer to solve problems in the world in which they live - from building a water filtration system to designing a simple machine to move a 3 pound bag of potatoes. As teams of campers tirelessly worked through one engineering challenge after another, they gained confidence in skills such as problem solving, teamwork, communication and creative thinking skills.