Young kids being 'geared' towards STEM

January 19, 2018 06:38 PM

SUNY Poly is teaming up with 15-LOVE on something called the healthy futures program. Young students get a hands-on approach to science.

When you think of 15-Love, you probably think of tennis. While about 1,900 hundred kids take part in their summer program, they don't stop working in the winter.

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"The science program is definitely, I see the most excited faces, the kids can't wait to come back," pointed out Gabrielle LaMountain, the program director.

Why not? They're working on gears and a robot that can walk up walls.

However, this isn't just for fun. There's a reason for starting these students so early.

"Kids have a really good grasp on nano," explained Elaine Garrett with SUNY Poly. "Nano means small and they're really able to comprehend abstract concepts really well -- and so we just talk about how nano is part of everyone's life and how it's part of the future."

"I think it's really important because it's such a huge part of the growing economy for one and it's something that all the kids are really excited to do," noted LaMountain.

15-LOVE works with low to moderate-income families in Albany, Schenectady and Troy.

"With the science industry really coming and booming every year, the need for more jobs is increasing and we want to make sure that those children and those communities aren't getting left out of the picture," acknowledged LaMountain.

They're certainly off to a good start.


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