The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida is proud to partner with The Genesis Center in Leesburg to provide afterschool programming that includes a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) component to increase the number of students entering STEM fields. Pastor Ken Scrubbs, the director of The Genesis Center, is committed to bridging the digital divide facing students from lower income families so they can develop the skills they will need to succeed in a twenty-first century workplace.
"We believe that access to STEM curriculum is very important. We want to provide students access to technologies that will help prepare them for the challenges of a global economy," says Pastor Scrubbs. Through partnerships with companies like DATAWIND, a leading provider of wireless web access products and services, The Genesis Center is able to provide students with access to tablets and other state of the art technology to promote hands-on learning.
Genesis STEM teachers develop and provide a rigorous curriculum that covers:
- Robotics Engineering
- Nutrition Science and Health Science (culinary arts programming, nutrition education)
- Design and Engineering (Mr. Bill's Workshop, Woodworking)
- Technology in Engineering (3D Printer, 3Doodler)
- Mathematics and Accounting (Wells-Fargo Bank financial programming)
- Aerospace Engineering and Astrophysics(NASA, Rocketry, Zero Robotics)
Genesis Center STEM students have also had several opportunities to incorporate NASA into their curriculum. Fourth and fifth graders participated in NASA's Summer Innovation Program where they learned about space food and nutrition. The STEM students also participated in an overnight field trip to NASA's space shuttle Atlantis which included a tour and scavenger hunt.
The Genesis STEM program was recently nominated by the John F. Kennedy Space Center Education Division to be considered to host an in-flight educational downlink, which would allow students to talk to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. If selected, the Genesis youth will join other educational institutions across the nation in an in-flight downlink between September 2015 and March 2016.
To learn more about The Genesis Center STEM initiative, CLICK HERE.