This year the committee teamed up with the Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS) providing volunteers for one of their STEM programs, the After-School STEM Academy. The program teams a group of engineering professionals with a teacher and approximately (25) students tackling an actual everyday engineering problem. YMF members, Laura Lindeman and Katie Blaesser lead separate engineering teams for two different schools. For one hour a week over a 6 week period, the 4th and 5th graders and volunteers worked in groups discussing and finding solutions to building catapults and trebuchets (arguably most kid’s dream activity).
The program was a big success and SEAW is looking forward to building their relationship with WABS and growing the after school stem program.