The Heroes & Heart organization, and its founder Justyn Boumah, shows the world, "You don't have to be BIG or STRONG to do BIG things!" At only six years old Justyn, and the Heroes & Heart organization, has made a global impact. STEM Days is one of H&H’s main initiatives for youth in Latinx, Native American, African American, and other underserved communities. Our goal is to give marginalized communities opportunities to learn about STEM and Sustainability outside of traditional classrooms. STEM Days is accessible to all learners in an inclusive environment. We welcome students of different cognitive and physical abilities, ages, languages, and ethnic backgrounds.
STEM Days: Robotics, Bricks, & Kicks! 2022 will give children, grades K - 5, from diverse communities and populations a unique opportunity to explore and experience sustainable science. The setting of the event will occur in local city libraries where a large population of BIPOC families reside and where one will find diversity among languages, cultures, artistic presentations, and people. Moreover, participants will come from varied cultural, ethnic, economic, and age backgrounds. Therefore, having a program of this magnitude is exceptionally unique among the underrepresented communities we are honored to serve.
Sustainable STEM Stations:
1. Robotics - Working with our community partners will demonstrate their robots and present them to the children. Introducing the students to the many functions of robots will be an extraordinary educational experience. Turning materials into a working robots will teach the children how everyday items can be used to save the earth, create a masterpiece, and support sustainable science. Working with members of the community, students will learn robotics through a minds-on, hand-on, play-on approach.
2. Bricks - Community partners will provide demonstrations and instruction. The children will have the choice to create builds according to their skill level(s). We are confident this sustainable station will encourage students to explore the topics of recycling, philanthropy, engineering, and solar, all through the power of play.
3. Kicks - Community Partners will lead our students in making their own soccer balls using newspaper, plastic bags, and twine. This activity will allow the children to recycle and repurpose everyday items, keeping them out of landfills and giving them hours of fun on the playing field. Also, through a fun interactive, students will practice their soccer skills and learn sport science! Excitedly, the game of soccer will be used to show how aerodynamics, physics, and mathematics are important to scoring. Through this interactive and sustainable soccer balls, Kicks will allow the children to move, exercise, and experience unique athletic activities.
Finally, STEM Day: Robotics, Bricks, & Kicks! 2022 will include an array of disciplines and learning modalities. As a result, sustainability, service, sports, science, and speaking will be highlighted. Furthermore, the multidisciplinary activities will be made accessible to all learners in an inclusive environment. We are excited to have students with different abilities both physically and cognitively. It is so wonderful that Sustainable STEM is for everyone regardless of their abilities, age, language, or ethnicity.
STEM Days: Robotics, Bricks, & Kicks! 2022 will consist of Sustainable STEM Stations where children will engage in activities involving science, sustainability, and soccer. Each station will have instructors who will provide live demonstrations and step-by-step lessons for 45 - 60 minutes. The lessons will show the children unique ways to help reduce, reuse, and recycle. In addition to sustainable station rotations, students will write, draw and/or discuss their Sustainable STEM Days experiences. Their learning projects will be shared visually and orally, providing them with the opportunity to develop their presentation and public speaking skills.
Next STEM Days: Robotics, Bricks, & Kicks! 2022
Date: Tuesday, June 28
Location: Indian Springs Library