University of Maryland Women in Engineering is helping spark interest in STEM.
The program wanted to help students take a break from looking at screens. Instead, 1,500 local teens get the chance to make rubber band racing cars. Kits are distributed to students in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
Abigail Phillips, a rising freshman at Eleanor Roosevelt High School made a car out of her free gear. "I thought it was cool. It was a lot of fun putting the car together. They made it super simple and easy," said Phillips.
Students in Montgomery and Prince George's counties will receive kits. Becky Kenemuth of the Women in Engineering Program says she was "shocked and excited at how this really took off."
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Since the summer camps in our area were closed, including the Women in Engineering in-person camp, they wanted to boost student learning in a different way. The goal of these kits is to promote "touch-ups, games and hands-on opportunities," says Kenemuth. She was hoping she could pass that on to local students who may be experiencing Zoom fatigue.
After the students have stepped away from the computer to make the kits, they can compete with them with friends via Zoom. The program distributed the kits to both boys and girls. They say they wanted to provide opportunities for everyone.