STEMworks AFTERschool Program needs snack support
LAHAINA – STEMworks AFTERschool, a free project-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program, enables students to solve community problems using high-end technologies and to explore future careers.
Presented by Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology (WIT) Project through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant, it serves four public intermediate school sites, including Lahaina Intermediate.
“However, the 21st CCLS grant funding was not awarded in time to apply for Federal Afterschool Snack programs, and grant funding does not allow student snack purchases,” explained Melinda White, WIT program manager.
“This unfortunate timing dilemma leaves all schools without snacks for nine or more hours after school every week during the 2015-2016 school year. We are requesting support for Lahaina Intermediate, where over 58 percent of their students qualify daily for free or reduced lunch,” she added.
Lahaina Intermediate’s STEMworks AFTERschool Program meets three days every week for three after school hours each day.
“We are seeking after school snack support for students at Lahaina Intermediate, so they can focus academically on intensive STEM projects using critical thinking skills. With a healthy snack, they’ll be better equipped to center on future career exposure and access to high-end technologies,” White said.
“I like STEM because we get to learn new things in technology that we haven’t learned,” said Lahaina Intermediate School student Anjanette Aveno. “I didn’t even know most parts of the computer until now, not to mention in the STEMworks AFTERschool Program, I am learning new things with my friends, so that’s a bonus!”
“STEM gives me a chance to get hands-on training with technology, which I can’t do on my own at home,” said student Diolo Pascual.
“I get to discover what technology could do that I never knew could happen. I enjoy being with my friends in the STEMworks AFTERschool Program and intend to reach my goal, which is to learn the Java coding language.”
“We are requesting both financial and food donations,” said White. “For donations, only packaged food, to align with school safety.”
For more information, contact White at email@example.com or call (808) 875-2332.