All NYLF Pathways to STEM students will have the chance to fuel their creativity and academic success with practical achievements that will help them stand out in their school and community. They will develop skills in leadership, self management, time management, communication, collaboration, and goal setting, and will gain a better understanding of their own strengths and interests. Students will come away from the program with a clear view of their pathway toward a lifetime of rewarding work and studies, and with increased self-confidence, self-awareness, and independence.
Students put their team building and communication skills to work as they undertake hands-on design challenges. With the help of the mBot robot, these budding engineers will gain an understanding of the principles that support the engineering design process and then use their newly acquired skills to build a robot and program it to perform several advanced tasks. They will also be able to take their robot home with them, so that they can continue their STEM exploration.
As prospective medical interns, students embark on a fascinating journey into the most complex of machines—the human body. Students will examine and study systems within the human anatomy, with a focus on the heart. Students will even participate in a dissection!
Young detectives will use their problem-solving skills as they probe deeply into the world of forensic science when they attempt to crack a case. Using the building blocks of forensic science, such as finger print analysis, deductive reasoning, and case development, students will work together to uncover critical clues as they seek to identify the guilty party. Students must work diligently during the session, applying their newly acquired skills to the case at hand.
Students participate in hands-on challenges designed to help strengthen their understanding of each of the STEM strands and enhance their collaboration, communication, and problem solving skills.
Challenges from previous years have included racing Bristlebots and building Balloon Jet Cars.