By Haywood Liggett
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter
A local non-profit organization is working to empower children in the areas of science, math, and technology (STEM). The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) has been helping youth (ages 7-14) improve their performance in STEM subjects over the past half-decade. Their mission is to prepare Lansing-area students to participate in a global knowledge economy. Through innovative after school and summer programs, ITEC works to advance ability in these subjects as well as robotics and digital media. Employing Michigan State University education students, ITEC attempts to provide familiar faces for kids that may not receive a high volume of STEM education in their schools.
The Mason Board of Education met Monday, March 10, at Mason Middle School to discuss changes to the building’s appearance, as well as recent advances in the classroom. The meeting included updated curricula information and a school tour by Principal Dan McConeghy. Updates have appeared in Jake Lator’s classroom. The Mason seventh and eighth grade math teacher has incorporated Response to Intervention, a learning approach to help struggling students, as well as iPads and BuzzMath into his lectures to help stimulate an eagerness to learn. McConeghy said he believes using this 21st century technology will pique student interest in mathematics.
It’s no secret that technology makes people’s lives easier. Haslett school board members discussed in their last meeting what type of technological advancements should be made for teachers to reach full academic potential with students. Steve Sneed, Haslett Robotics Club representative, reached out to the school board and requested to expand robotics in the district. The goal of robotics is to prepare students who are pursuing a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related field. According to Sneed, by the year 2020, the U.S. will have more than 1 million unfilled computer-programming and engineering related jobs.