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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.

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4th Annual IT Girls Creative Coding Day

Last week on St. Patrick’s Day, seventy girls representing middle schools all over town were lucky enough to attend the fourth annual IT-Girls Creative Computing event.  Sponsored by Louisiana Women in Technology and supported by STEMup Baton Rouge and the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System, the goal of the program is to introduce girls to the field of information technology by exploring programming tools like Scratch and JavaScript (p5.js).  In addition to the fun coding challenges that included game and web design products, the girls were also exposed to over 30 volunteers representing either IT companies or career fields.  Big thanks goes out to key sponsors who included Louisiana Tech Park, Geocent, Sparkhound, General Informatics, New Aperio, NexusLA, Giraphics, K&J Home Services and the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System.  We also wish to thank Costco, Bet-R and Whole Foods who supplied snacks for the day.