MLWGS STEM Day

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MLWGS STEM Day

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Angela Ciarochi, Features Editor

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With the goal of spreading STEM education, the MLWGS’ Mech Tech Dragons hosted a community STEM Day this past weekend. The Robotics Club organized an event which welcomed middle school students from the surrounding counties to learn and be exposed to multiple aspects of STEM. Alongside the club, other STEM-related organizations partnered with the club and came to the event to present on their impact on STEM. Dani Chowen (‘18), Chief Community Operations Officer of the Mech Tech Dragons, came up with the idea of STEM day in the fall, having an intent to connect students to STEM while connecting Maggie Walker to other local organizations. Throughout the day, several community STEM organizations presented on particular topics, such as coding and engineering, and hosted different workshops to further engage students on their material. These organizations included CodeVA, VCU’s Spit for Science and Da Vinci Center, Engineering for Kids, InSource Solutions, Bitcubs, Henrico Public Libraries, Bryan Innovation Lab, Central Virginia Managementment Waste Authority and STEAMtrix. This event had an effect on both the Maggie Walker community and the local STEM community. To cohesively organize the event, Chowen and other Robotics members communicated with local organizations and talked to school administrators, further growing their partnerships with community organizations. STEM Day successively exceeded Chowen’s goal to inspire kids to pursue STEM, whether that is in a future field, discovering a new path, learning a new skill or participating in an extracurricular relating to STEM. Chowen aims for the club to continue with this event in the upcoming years, in order to establish a long lasting union with STEM in the community.

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Angela Ciarochi, Features Editor

Angela Ciarochi (Class of 2019) is a junior at Maggie Walker and is excited to be serving as the Features Editor for the Jabberwock. Her ultimate goal...

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