Montgomery County recently offered “Science Made Easy” to a total of 40
youth as part of Crawfordsville Middle School’s “After The Bell”
program. This afterschool program offers youth the opportunity to engage
in specific club’s that they may have an interest in. This club met
once a week from March 3rd to March 31st.
Participants to this club participated in weekly hands-on, STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities. These
activities included exploring Non-Newtonian fluids by making Oobleck,
robotics, aerospace, and more!
why the focus on STEM activities and programs? According to the Office
of Science and Technology and Policy, “STEM occupations will grow 1.7
times faster than non-STEM occupations over the period from 2008-2018.”
Furthermore, “STEM workers drive our nation’s innovation and
competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new
industries. However, U.S. businesses frequently voice concerns over the
supply and availability of STEM workers” (STEM: Good Jobs Now and for
the Future, U.S. Department of Commerce). Therefore, it is important to
provide youth opportunities to explore the different facets of STEM and
assist in developing an interest in these areas. The 4-H program
provides these opportunities for youth to get excited and explore STEM
fields through 4-H projects, 4-H club meetings, workshops, and
afterschool programs etc.