STEM activities help spur interest in the sciences

STEM activities help spur interest in the sciences

BARAGA — A program for middle and high schoolers in Baraga County is expanding.

“What our goal is, is to get students excited about the sciences so that they understand that math is in everything, that technology is useful, and that science is fun,” said STEM Academy Program Coordinator Karen Colbert.

The grant-funded STEM outreach program at the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College is now in its second year, and it has expanded enrichment offerings for middle and high school students. In addition to tutoring, a new native regalia-making class, an archery course, and tae kwon do lessons are among the activities being offered. The courses promote interest in science, technology, engineering, and math while teaching cultural lessons and allowing students to do some hands-on creative work.

“A lot of the things we do, we try to make sure the students take something home with them,” said Colbert.

The number of participants has gone from six during the program’s first semester to over fifty. Students from as far as Iron and Keweenaw Counties participate in the outreach programs.

“We’re not exclusive to Baraga County residents, so students from wherever, if they have transportation are welcome to come and join us,” Colbert added. “Most of our programs are free or at very minimal cost, and we’re not exclusive to tribal members and their descendants, so sign your kids up.”

The STEM offerings will be starting up for the semester on Monday. Click here to find out about all of the KBOCC STEM outreach programs.

[Photo courtesy KBOCC Youth STEM Academy]