[repost from Main Street News] by Briana Warsing
"We’re doing some new things,” says Roosevelt Island’s Beacon Program Director, Kim Massey. “We have a lot of great opportunities because of Cornell coming in. We just have to take advantage of them and make it happen.”
One of those new things is LEGO Robotics. It combines science and mathematics concepts with soft skills, such as creative thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills, to boost 21st-century science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills. All projects follow a design engineering process as used by engineers in various industries. It is hands-on, multidisciplinary, and collaborative.
Cornell is sponsoring this activity, and is also covering all of the attendant competition and robot costs. Says Massey, “We’re really working on the middle school, and Cornell helps us get new programming. They look for programs they think are interesting and try to find ways to help us.”
Another program that Cornell is helping out with is an entrepreneurship program called BizWorld. Finding such an entrepreneurship program was a goal of Massey’s. She says, “It’s important for kids to know that you can always reinvent yourself. If you can dream it, do it. I want the kids to have that. I don’t want them to think, I can’t do that.”
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