Students gaining 'marbles' needed for STEM education

Updated: 08/15/2014 4:15 PM
Created: 08/15/2014 3:57 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY - Problem-solving and team work. Those are skills that some young students were forced to face head-on, in order to complete some tasks during a day dedicated to engineering.

Volunteers from GLOBALFOUNDRIES visited a summer camp where they challenged dozens of kids, ranging from 5 to 12 years old.

It's a simple concept -- get the marble to the target.

However, the tools made it challenging, they could only use small cups, string, and pins and it was not easy.

“I’m learning being an engineer is harder than you think, but it's also a lot of fun to do,” said Nyla Barrow, a fifth grader.

It's Engineers’ Day at Trinity's Inner-City Summer Camp in Albany.

About 40 kids, ranging from 5 to 12 years old, got to learn what goes on at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

They got to see, and touch the wafers and chips made at the fab plant.

They also got to put on the bunny suits, worn by the real engineers.

“They’re going to be the leaders of tomorrow, they're going to be the scientists, mathematicians of tomorrow who continue to push us forward to develop these new technologies,” said Anthony Centore of GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

Every great scientist and engineer has to start small, and demonstrate persistence, creativity, and eventually solve the problem.    

“If you use team work it could make it easier, cause you can't always do every by yourself,” explained Nyla.

That’s a lesson we can all learn.


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