(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is a core component of the Duneland
Family YMCA's after-school program with hands-on STEM activities each week.
During the 2016-17
school year, thanks in part to generous support from ArcelorMittal, more
than 300 students in grades K-6 from seven Duneland schools participated in
the Duneland Family YMCA's after-school program. Each of the participants
explored the range of in-depth STEM concepts through age-appropriate lessons
and exciting hands-on learning activities delivered weekly throughout the
their STEM skills through engaging activities, such as:
about geology and chemistry by building and erupting their own volcano in a
multi-week team project
Experiencing physics and engineering, as they design, build, test, and
improve towers using cranberries and toothpicks
chemistry and physics by soaking hard-boiled eggs in vinegar to dissolve the
shells and convert the eggs into to bouncy balls
biology and the scientific process by proving and disproving statements
about owls, using online research and experimenting with straws, feathers,
wind measurement, and much more.
administered assessments at the beginning and end of the school year to
evaluate the impacts of the program. Increase in students responding "Yes"
or "Absolutely" was as follows: Enjoys STEM projects (21% increase); Knows
what STEM means (41% increase); Knows what STEM jobs are (31% increase);
Interested a STEM Camp (15% increase).
Family YMCA after-school STEM program is making a great impact on the
students who participate in this important initiative,” said Jolice Pojeta,
manager, corporate responsibility and communications, ArcelorMittal. “At an
early age, students are grasping the importance of how STEM can impact their
lives as they progress through their education years and into their final
career choice. ArcelorMittal is pleased to lend support to the YMCA program
that is helping shape the future of these young students.”
the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60
countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a
philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, ArcelorMittal is the leading
supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including
automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with
world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks.
Through their core
values of sustainability, quality and leadership, ArcelorMittal operates
responsibly with respect to the health, safety and well-being of their
employees, contractors and the communities in which they operate. Learn more
about ArcelorMittal at usa.arcelormittal.com.