The world we live in is changing at a rapid pace.
The need for upper levels of math and science education has become a prerequisite for good paying jobs in the 21st century workforce. Therefore, we are so excited about our new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) Program here at HOPE Farm.
In partnership with Molly Weinburgh at the Andrews Institute at TCU, Col. Wilmer at TCC, Illumination Education and The Academy at West Point’s Summer S.T.E.M. Camp, we have begun to put together a program that will help our boys be competitive in the 21st century job market. With the implementation of HOPE Farm’s S.T.E.M. Program, we hope to spark interest in furthering their studies in these fields and give them a leg up on the competition.
While our S.T.E.M. Program has gotten off to a great start, we continue to tweak the program to make it better. In partnership with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, our boys are now experiencing the benefits of a world class S.T.E.M. curriculum.
They will progress through a 3-year cycle of hands on chemistry, physics and biology lab work, adding countless extra hours of lab time for our boys to gain a practical understanding of the subjects. Our boys have built robots, tested tensile strength in bridges, built kites to fly and studied the effects of erosion on our native soils. They have been involved in a CSI criminal investigation where the boys must solve a crime using forensic science and have study dissolve rates in a variety of substances.
We are hoping to continue to grow this program, exposing our boys to many different options for careers in these areas because we know that as we teach our boys to see the world through different eyes, their world becomes bigger and our world gets better.