Some Baltimore City schools have seen large gains in PARCC scores. At Lakeland Elementary/Middle in southwest Baltimore, Math and English scores have gone up more than 20 points since 2015. “A number of schools are really moving the needle,” said Principal Najib Jammal, “That’s exciting to see.” Jammal credits his community’s collaborative spirit for the boost. (Baltimore Sun, August 27th, 2019)
For the past four years, LET’S GO has collaborated with the Lakeland STEAM and Community Center to implement a high-quality hands-on, minds-on out-of-school time STEM program for kindergarten to 8th grade youth. By exposing students to many different STEM classes and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they are developing a passion for STEM and an interest in pursuing jobs in a STEM field.
LET’S GO’s multiple classes provides opportunities for youth to see how STEM concepts relate to everyday life. This year the youth are coding video games, designing and building traps to capture invasive species, building robots to compete in FIRST LEGO league competitions, studying the properties of magnets, and much much more.
Making math and science both fun and exciting helps reinforce concepts students are taught during the school day.