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Some 65 high school students took their first steps at becoming engineers, pilots, astronauts, and more today.

The young people, all participating in the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s Do Your Best summer employment program for DCHA customers, built solid-fuel rockets with STEM Growth, a regional STEM organization, and launched a few. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics workshop program was the result of an introduction through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s EnVision Center partnerships.

“Exposing our young people to the wide variety of careers and possibilities for their futures that fall under the big umbrella of STEM subject matter is just one way the District of Columbia Housing Authority can help them spark a new interest or discover a new talent. DCHA works to build not only housing, but family and communities,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett.

“We are trying to engage and inspire,” said Sidney Robinson, founder of STEM Growth. “We are trying to cover the gamut, specifically engineering, electronics, aerospace, and mechanical.”

Robinson told the group that for any type of engineering degree, during the first two years of college everyone is taking the same classes. Then they can split off into their interest areas.

He brought drones, which could lead to careers in pilot operations or airplane pilots. There were submergible robots that could spark interest in a future dealing with robotics, submarines or underwater search and rescue. Robinson had hovercrafts and other gadgets for the DYB employees to check out and ask questions.

They also worked together to build several solid-fuel rockets under the guidance of Robinson and his team of youth from Spotsylvania County, Pennsylvania’s Courtland High School. Once several rockets had been completed, the group went to an open field behind the Southwest Family Enhancement and Career Center to launch them. 

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Last modified: 7/30/2019 1:31:03 PM