Program introduces young students to benefits of S.T.E.M. education


GREENFIELD — When it comes to getting students excited about learning, Rebecca Schini knows it’s best to start early.

But as a high school science teacher, she knows her options to reach children can be somewhat limited. That’s why Schini organized the S.T.E.M. Outreach Program, which seeks to introduce students in elementary grades to the high school’s programs in science, technology, engineering and math.

Once classes resume after fall break, Schini will recruit high school students to take interactive projects into G-C’s elementary schools.

Not only do the projects – ranging from water rockets to robots – allow students to see S.T.E.M. skills in action, but the interactive nature allows them to forge relationships with students already interested in pursuing careers in those fields.

“They look up to the high schoolers,” Schini said. “They’re such big role models that why not use them?”

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