It started with a simple idea that took shape this summer – craft a plan to showcase the joy of STEM exploration at the neighborhood level. It didn’t have to be flashy, but it had to be engaging. And it had to be local. Rather than asking people to come to us for STEM programming, we wanted to bring the programming to them.
So, in partnership with the city of Cleveland, we set to work bringing together a group of STEM educators and organizations for a couple of afternoons of fun for the whole family. In the end, that work came through in a big way.
On August 10, we were at the Lonnie Burten Recreation Center, and on August 11 we were at the Michael Zone Recreation Center, for hands-on STEM activities, from building simple robots, to creating hip-hop beats, to building mini soap box derby cars. We had a food truck and a water buggy. We had t-shirts and take-home STEM kits.
And we had fun.