The College for Kids program at Lincoln Land Community College engaged youth who recently completed fourth-eighth grades in science, technology, engineering and math activities from June 19-22 and 26-29 at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield. These STEM activities foster creative thinking skills and expand students’ creative confidence to solve 21st century problems.
This summer enrichment opportunity was made possible by a partnership between LLCC’s College for Kids, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield and the Mitchell Cutler Charitable Trust.
Research shows that over the summer students can digress in their learning, but it is important for them to be ready for the upcoming fall semester. College for Kids helps students enhance their readiness by providing opportunities to build skills and get excited about learning.
“Bringing the College for Kids program to the Boys and Girls Club has opened the door to activities and expertise that would not have been possible without the dedication of LLCC staff or the Mitchell Cutler Charitable Trust,” explains Bill Legge, executive director, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois. “Summer learning loss is a serious problem, especially for low-income youth. The College for Kids’ STEM projects have kept our students excited about learning without losing the fun environment that kids look forward to every day.”
Among the many STEM activities students participated in were analyzing the chemistry of candy, making “polyjuice potion,” investigating DNA with cell extraction experiments and using engineering skills to test custom catapults.
“Over the years we have had a strong partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, and we are thankful to be able to bring hands-on STEM activities directly to the kids this year,” says Jamie Stout, director, LLCC Community Education. “We hope to continue their learning over the summer, while exposing them to careers they may only have dreamt of!”
Learn more about College for Kids at www.llcc.edu/college-for-kids.