Creators, manufacturers, constructors, builders and producers; These are some of the terms used to describe YouthQuest students in the month of April.
Combining creative thinking skills with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM), students will build towers, bridges, racecars and more using everyday objects.
“Using STEAM concepts, we are challenging students to think creatively and build something out of nothing,” said YouthQuest Program Director, Cheryl Adkins. “It is important to combine art with STEM because it allows students to look at science, technology engineering, and math with a creative mindset.”
According to Adkins, by participating in activities such as building clothespin cars, students can use their creativity while developing an understanding of concepts such as how wheels and axles work.
Other activities include:
To extend students’ learning beyond YouthQuest, families can use some of the following activities to keep youth engaged at home:
FOR OLDER STUDENTS
YouthQuest’s middle and high school programs aim to teach STEM through short-term and long-term clubs. High school students at International Academy of Flint are participating in Studio on the Go where they learn about audio engineering. Students learn about music, recording equipment, song composition, recording, editing and mixing. At the end of the session, students will have a fully produced song.
YouthQuest is made possible through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.