Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Studies
Join us in celebrating a virtual afterschool science, technology, engineering and math demonstrations presented by local vendors.
Celebrating Lights On Afterschool Program Virtually
In every new generation, children are given the greatest test of facing the
unknown head-on and are expected to overcome the adversities that come with it. In
the 1930’s, children grew up quickly and at times sacrificed their own education to help
their families make it through the Great Depression. In the 1940’s, they faced a
devastating world war. They waved goodbye to their fathers going off to war, and
watched as their mothers took over the labrous jobs once held by men. The end of this
war sparked the Cold War; children were hiding under their desks hoping that it would
be enough to save them from a nuclear attack, a practice that they became well
Now, in 2020, children are facing yet another challenge, a challenge that impacts
all of us one way or another. This year’s global pandemic has pushed us all to new
limits; it’s forced us to make adjustments such as wearing face masks in public and
ensuring we maintain a safe distance from others. Luxuries that were once taken for
granted, including movie theaters, dining halls and parks, are now closed or restricted.
While we strive to find solutions for those that have become financially at-risk due to
unemployment, those being treated and/or hospitalized for COVID-19, and those that
are still vulnerable to the virus- we must not forget about the children.
There have been creative strategies put in place to continue educating young
students. Some have included a full transition to remote learning, others have combined
remote and limited in-person lessons, and still others have decided to fully return to
traditional learning in the classroom. Regardless of the game plan- educators, parents,
and most importantly children have had to adjust to new norms.
It has become overwhelming for parents to juggle work, family, life events, and
now help their kids get a grasp on a whole new schooling system. As we have seen so
many others sacrifice to follow the call to action in the past, from the Volunteers of
America during the Great Depression, to The American Red Cross through World War 2
and beyond- Today, our invaluable volunteers are stepping up when families need it
most. Basic necessities of these times like access to computers, internet, and learning
resources are missing in many homes, and our program strives to fill that gap.
The Lights on Afterschool Event , hosted in collaboration with the Afterschool
Alliance , The Boys & Girls Club of the Big Bend , and STEMS4Girls , is a STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) expo and demonstration that will engage
students, parents, and community members with STEM presentations and activities. On
October 22, at 3:30 pm, the celebration for afterschool programs will kick-off with an
opening ceremony featuring keynote speaker Brenda Williams, Executive Director of
Tallahassee Housing Authority .
We could not be more thankful for all the collaboration and assistance in making
this event come to life. This will be a community based experience with vendors from
throughout Tallahassee set to provide age appropriate STEM-related demonstrations.
We are also thankful for funding assistance from The Leon County CARES Human
Services Grant Assistance Program, as well as community donations provided by
Publix, Sam’s Club, Winn Dixie and Walmart.
Our kids won’t wait around for change or for life to get easier, their resilience and
determination are more impressive than ever. They will continue to push past all
hurdles, and it’s our duty to help them in the right direction- toward a successful and
Please visit http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loa.cfm for more information
about this nationwide event, being held for the 21 st year in a row! visit our website at
https://stems4girlsfl.org/community-engagement to donate and/or support our cause -
all children have a right to high quality STEM afterschool programs.
The STEMS4Girls Community Engagement Program
is a great way for us to expand our reach by partnering with other nonprofit organizations to be vendors or exhibitors at community events or to encourage relevant organizations to facilitate STEM4Girls program needs.
Through collaborative partnerships with local organizations and agencies, we intend to expose girls to a wide range of STEM related education and careers during early childhood. What motivates us is to give them the skills and tool to engage in science and technology throughout their education. We pride ourselves in our “we-come-to-you” approach, in that we travel to underprivileged communities rather than them coming to us, eliminating the transportation barrier that would otherwise exist.
STEMS4Girls, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. Copyright © 2020 STEMS4GIRLS - All Rights Reserved.
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