Pfeiffer University/Department of Education to offer STEM Clubs for kids ages 6-14

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Pfeiffer University’s Department of Education will offer weekly after-school STEM (Science, Math, Engineering and Technology) sessions for students ages 6-10 and 10-14 starting later this month, at G.A. Pfeiffer Library on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus. The STEMS clubs will take place on Tuesdays throughout the 2016-17 academic year.

Enriching STEM activities provide opportunities for children to build their critical thinking and collaboration skills in a fun and relaxed environment. A decade of evaluation data compiled by FIRST Impact indicates that in addition to being more deeply engaged in school, children who participate in extracurricular STEM activities are twice as likely to major in science or engineering in college, with 33 percent of female participates choosing engineering as a career. Overall, participants become more interested in enrolling in college and plan to take challenging math or science courses.

“In addition to sparking interest in mathematics, science and engineering, an overwhelming majority of students who participate in high-quality STEM activities experience improved communication, problem-solving, time management and conflict resolution skills, said Dr. Laura Lowder, assistant professor of Education and coordinator of the STEM workshops. “These are important for any college major and career as well as for life success.”

Dr. Lowder will lead both STEM clubs with support from parent volunteers and students from the Department of Education.

Details for STEM Clubs at Pfeiffer University include:

Lego FIRST Jr. League, ages 6-10
Start date: Tues., Oct. 18, 6-7 p.m.
More information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNdTHFdSg5A

North Carolina Science Olympiad, ages 10-14
Start date: Tues., Oct. 25, 6:45-7:30 p.m.
More information: http://www.sciencenc.com/team-help/about.php

The registration fee per participant is $20 for the year. For online registration,
visit: https://goo.gl/forms/Wne8IlpCApa77nUd2

For more information about Pfeiffer’s STEM camps, please contact Dr. Laura Lowder, laura.lowder@pfeiffer.edu