Project S.T.E.A.M. TV held its first annual Future Producers Award Summit this past Saturday, May 9th. Roughly 40 students and parents attended the four-hour event that featured representatives for each letter in the S.T.E.A.M. acronym, scientific demonstrations and activities, a performance by local dance group, Face Da Phlave, a panelist of S.T.E.A.M. experts, and a key-note speech by Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. The day was hosted by the lovely and vivacious Amanda Decker, whose energy and enthusiasm were as infectious as they were palpable.
Councilwoman Brown encouraged the students in attendance to always persevere with their schoolwork, “even when it’s boring.” She explained that the purpose of education is not simply to memorize and regurgitate facts, but to learn how to learn. I’ve never personally required geometry in my day-to-day life, but my struggle to comprehend and apply the formulas, the honing of effective study habits, and even coming to terms with a disappointing grade, molded me into the young woman I am today. You could say I was shaped by geometry – pun definitely intended! ^_^
I’ll be posting photos and anecdotes from this weekend for the next several days, but tonight I’ll simply whet my readers’ appetites with a couple photos of my boyfriend, Ben, and me sporting matching temporary tattoos from Saturday. Ben came along to volunteer at the event, helping out at the Youth Engineering & Science booth, and was offered a job by Y.E.S. director and teacher, Kathy Walsh. Ben hopes to spend the summer teaching filmmaking to campers. Y.E.S. is a wonderful institution dedicated to “promot[ing] an understanding and an interest in science and engineering for traditionally underserved and under-represented youth.” Ben is eager to pass on over a decade of experience.
Be sure to check back here in the days to come for more about Project S.T.E.A.M. TV’s first annual Future Producers Award Summit.