MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – A Mount Vernon resident is attempting to spread STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education throughout the city this summer.
Robert Jones, an alumni of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is teaming with the Amani Public Charter School to start a STEM summer camp that can help Mount Vernon students.
Since the school lacked the necessary funds in its budget for such a camp, the Amani Leadership Team and three fifth grade students worked with Jones to launch an online fundraising campaign.
According to Jones, $9,000 funds one week of engineering camp starting July 8 and $22,500 funds three weeks. As of Friday morning, $7,105 was raised, but the campaign continues.
“We want our Mount Vernon students to be amply prepared,” Jones said on the campaign website. “Help us send 40 scholars – fifth through seventh grade – to a higher quality summer engineering camp at the Amani Public Charter School.”
The idea of the camp derived from Jones’ frustration in having zero applicants from Mount Vernon seek enrollment at M.I.T. The city averages approximately one admit to the college every other year.
Despite only raising approximately one third of the necessary funds, organizers remain optimistic that the STEM Day Camp will still begin as scheduled on July 8. It will involve one to three weeks of hands-on, inquiry based lessons that are divided by theme.
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