SUNY Broome has welcomed over 140 seventh through tenth grade students from local school districts who participated in Summer STEAM Academy 2022 from July 18 to July 28. This two-week hands-on program engaged students in problem- & project-based learning around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) through the design cycle processes.
Educators from Broome-Tioga BOCES and the local school districts along with our own SUNY Broome professors, Dr. Rob Congdon (Chemistry), Professor Paul Cartie (Mathematics), and Dr. Paul Fiacco (Mathematics), teamed-up with students to explore and develop fun, interactive, hands-on projects with real-world applications. Some of the challenges included designing, building, and testing cardboard castles, shields, helmets, trebuchet-launchers, balsa wood towers, butterfly-houses, stop-motion animations, and more.
The goal to inspire a more innovative, creative, and critical thinking mindset is conveyed by Paul Cartie when he shared, “I really enjoyed working with middle school students through the design process of creating their own musical instruments. Watching them implement their own ideas was very cool to be a part of. We had some participants attempt classic instruments like guitars and flutes, but in every group, there were students that invented their own unique instruments.”
BT-BOCES Summer STEAM Academy and SUNY Broome provided a collaborative environment for students to express themselves as they continue to build a STEAM foundation for success in 2022 and beyond.
Respectfully submitted by Phyllis O’Donnell (Biology).