Summer Heroes Youth Program
POSTED ON: Monday, June 12, 2017 8:00 AM by Donna Weber
The USNA STEM Center presented the annual Summer Heroes Youth Program (SHYP) from June 12-16; 19-21, 2017 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Sixty rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade students from AFYA Charter Public School and the Weinberg YMCA in Baltimore attended the eight-day program.
Thirty-two midshipmen were counselors and lead the students as they explored over 30 different STEM modules. The students explored science and engineering through hands-on activities which included dissecting a sheep’s heart, designing a bionic hand, making their own bouncing balls, and creating a “Mr. Foamy” mascot while learning about polymers. "I had fun while learning," shared one student.
The overall theme was the science and engineering behind sports, featuring a different sport highlighted each day and incorporated into the hands-on activities. One morning was spent at the Naval Academy’s baseball stadium. Coach Kostacopoulos personally welcomed the students to Bishop Stadium and gave a pep talk about the importance of commitment and an attitude of never giving up. The students were presented a martial arts demonstration and even learned to perform some of the moves. One of the modules taught about liquid nitrogen and on the last day, the students enjoyed eating ice cream prepared with liquid nitrogen.
The midshipmen served as role models, sharing their excitement about science and engineering, the importance of an active and athletic lifestyle, as well as key life skills such as teamwork. "It taught me about STEM and helped me with sports," commented one student. Another student learned that "communication and working together make good work."