Summer STEM program links kids with engineers
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This summer, 50 middle school students will take part in a new six-week science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program at Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in Corona.

The program, developed by the New York Hall of Science in partnership with the Library Action Committee of Corona-East Elmhurst, runs from July 8 to August 15.

It will cover two modules: “Crime Scene Investigation Technology” and “Design Your World.” The students will get to learn from electrical, mechanical and civil engineers from Delta Airlines and Skanska, two companies that are now redeveloping LaGuardia Airport.

“We are thrilled to offer this innovative program, which will provide students with an opportunity to learn from engineering experts,” Queens Public Library President Dennis Walcott said in a statement, “fostering their interest in the STEM fields and careers.”

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is funding the STEM program. Rick Cotton, the PA’s executive director, said partnering with the community to create additional opportunities for career and educational advancement is “a critical aspect” of the LaGuardia Airport redevelopment program.

“STEM is the hands-on approach to guiding our middle schoolers in activities that will enhance the necessary 21st century skills imperative to their higher education needs,” said Shakira Smalls, executive director of the Langston Hughes Community Library, “and will prepare them to become successful competitors in the workforce.”

Local elected officials applauded the partnership to create the STEM program.

“A well-rounded education includes lessons that cannot be learned in a classroom,” said Borough President Melinda Katz. “By immersing middle school students in these unique, hands-on STEM programs and preparing our young people for the careers that will move Queens forward, we are investing in the very future of this borough.”

Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry encouraged parents to have their middle school students apply to the program.

“Young participants will explore real world use of the sciences,” he said in a statement, “and may be inspired to pursue a career in this field.”
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