Meriden STEM Saturdays Workshop
July 5- 16, 2022
305 Center Street, Meriden, CT. 06450
It is with deep disappointment that I share an update on the immediate postponement of the current STEM Saturday Programs. All GFORCE STEM Academy National and State programs are closed. All Online Academy programs will continue as planned. This decision has been made based on guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and state and local health officials, as well as the declaration of states of emergency across many states/countries, the ever-expanding travel restrictions for schools, and in light of developments over the past few days. The health and safety of our community is our top priority, so stay safe and stay tuned!
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This six weeks STEM Saturday free program was designed to teach critical STEM-based problem-solving skills to both a team of middle & high school students as well as younger-aged students from all over the world. In these six week workshops, teams of students will be tasked to assemble and fly a GPS, crash avoidance and remote-controlled and mission guided robot.
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The STAR RISE innovations build 21st-century skills through hands-on, project-based learning that immerses students in technology-enabled activities in a workspace environment with the teacher acting as CEO and students acting as “employees” with the job titles and work functions. The teacher or mentor brainstorms with the students to identify various team responsibilities that will be needed to complete a proposed project including those jobs that are specifically related to a particular project or needed for running and managing a typical company. The students are allowed to fill any positions assigned based on their current level of experience, interest, and skill. Once all of the students have been assigned yo the various business team position, the teacher/mentor will consult with age students individually go establish benchmarks for acceptable performance in their species in their specific team responsibilities. Each project involves student collaboration with mentors, university interns, and an external agency whom the students are accountable for project deliverables. In addition to the job-specific responsibilities, all students are expected to be punctual in their daily attendance, manage their time on task effectively, and maintain a “professional” level of behavior and decorum throughout the program. Students are also required to record their daily activities in a journal and document their accomplishments in an ePortfolio that also serves as their electronic resume.