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Engineer Gives All Students a Chance at STEM

December 15, 2020 | Posted in News From Us, Stories
Engineer Gives All Students a Chance at STEM

Fifth grade. Like many kids, for Cory Cathrea that meant being rambunctious, running around at recess, and playing football. STEM was the furthest thing from his mind. In fact, it wasn’t until years later as an 8th grader that he …


High School Student Turns Passion Project Into STEM Class for Kindergarteners

December 16, 2020 | Posted in News From Us, Stories
High School Student Turns Passion Project Into STEM Class for Kindergarteners

The distance between George-Little Rock Middle School & High School in George, Iowa, and NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas is 1,098 miles. It’s also how far Ashley Stueven would travel every year during her first three …


How One Teacher Is Bringing STEM to Life for Underrepresented Students

December 16, 2020 | Posted in News From Us, Stories
How One Teacher Is Bringing STEM to Life for Underrepresented Students

Mia DeLaRosa was an “other.” A young girl born to a Hispanic, single teenage mom. She spent her formative years growing up in a gang-infested area in Chicago, IL., an area where there was very little chance for minority students …


Summer Brings Aerospace to Michigan K-8 Students

May 26, 2021 | Posted in News From Us, Stories
Summer Brings Aerospace to Michigan K-8 Students

For 450 K-8 students in Pontiac and Michigan’s upper peninsula, summer promises to be out of this world. During each 10-week aerospace-themed A World In Motion® (AWIM®) Summer STEM Immersion, students in nine school and afterschool programs will have a …


AWIM Connects First Graders with Virtual Volunteers in Arizona

May 27, 2021 | Posted in News From Us, Stories
AWIM Connects First Graders with Virtual Volunteers in Arizona

Sixteen first graders at Auxier Elementary School near Chandler, Arizona, spend most days stuck alone in their classroom with only their teacher. Like so many other virtual and in-person students, they’ve been isolated from other classmates and outside contact because …


Fifth Graders Compete in AWIM JetToy Challenge

June 3, 2021 | Posted in News From Us, Stories
Fifth Graders Compete in AWIM JetToy Challenge

It’s hard to miss the display case just inside the main entrance of the school. There, for all to see, is a t-shirt signed by the team and a medal from that special day. By the time students at Unity …


PreK Students Learn About STEM By Exploring Nature

June 9, 2021 | Posted in News From Us, Stories
PreK Students Learn About STEM By Exploring Nature

It was there all along. An unassuming Jacaranda tree next to a tire swing at the Children’s Center at Caltech. Students in the PreK program passed under the tree dozens of times without giving it much thought. That was until …


Retiring Teacher Still Inspiring STEM Students in Detroit

June 22, 2021 | Posted in News From Us, Stories
Retiring Teacher Still Inspiring STEM Students in Detroit

Morning announcements. For eighth graders at Gompers Elementary-Middle School in Detroit, it was a chance to challenge their younger classmates with an academic “question of the day.” But for one particular group of fifth graders, it also became their time …


AWIM STEM Training Equips Teachers in Montana

July 19, 2021 | Posted in Stories
AWIM STEM Training Equips Teachers in Montana

When the LINKS for Learning Afterschool Program at Livingston Public Schools in Montana needed STEM teacher training, they didn’t have to go far. Throughout the school year, students from Montana State University were already participating in pre-service field experiences at …


Fifth Grader Finds Love for Art Through Engineering

July 22, 2021 | Posted in Stories
Fifth Grader Finds Love for Art Through Engineering

Fifth grade was a really big year for Arielle at Gompers Elementary School. She participated in her first international STEM competition and was one of only 30 girls selected for the prestigious Girls in Engineering Academy in Detroit. Now about …