The link between successful STEM careers and family involvement in STEM learning is well researched and established. Family engagement is critical in developing and shaping a student’s STEM Identity, or the degree to which they can see themselves as a STEM person. One powerful influencer in realizing this STEM Identity is when a student can recognize a role model in STEM, such as a parent or family member who demonstrates enthusiasm for STEM. LET’S GO is committed to providing opportunities for effective family engagement in STEM including our end of the year celebrations like those at Govans Elementary and Westport Academy this year.
On May 28th, LET’S GO participated in the Govans Elementary Afterschool Showcase. Students invited their families to observe what they had been working on in their afterschool programs. This spring, Govans hosted a number of LET’S GO programs including WeDo 2.0 and Engineering is Elementary. There were also plenty of opportunities for students and families to do educational hands-on STEM activities together, like engineering a roller coaster out of pool noodles or a bridge out of Q-tips!
At Westport Academy on June 3rd, LET’S GO hosted it’s inaugural STEM Celebration in recognition of all that the STEM afterschool club participants had accomplished in the school year. 3rd—8th grade students and their families shared an evening of STEM activities, an awards ceremony and dinner. This year, LET’S GO provided First Lego League (FLL), Maryland Science Olympiad (MSO) and Simple Science and Everyday Engineering (S2E2) curriculum to the afterschool program at Westport. There was much hard work to celebrate, including the decorated competition teams (FLL, MSO)!