BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Making summer school fun. That was the goal of a brand new city schools program designed to get young students excited about science.

Andrea Fujii shows us their inventions on the last day of class.

Third-graders racing egg carts, kindergarteners designing their ultimate playground and first-graders creating a school recycling project. It’s all part of the first ever summer STEM program.

Twenty-two elementary schools around the city are participating in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) classes, including 60 students from Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School.

“It got them excited about learning, even in the summertime, so when they come back in just a month they’ll be really gung-ho and really ready for school to begin,” said Krystal Henry, STEM program coordinator.

Kimberly Cardona learned all about mealworms.

“They look like worms, but they’re actually beatles,” third-grader Kimberly Cordona said.

Jesse Salazar built his own solar-powered air boat.

“I did a really good job and I worked hard to make this,” the fifth-grader said.

Since the summer program was so successful, there’s now a push to add interactive STEM classes during the school year.

On the last day of class, proud parents see how hands-on academics can bring smiles.

Kimberly Cardona translates for her mother.

“If they can’t read, they help them read, and if they don’t know math, they help them with math,” said Patricia Cordona. “They help them be better students.”

The summer STEM program was four weeks long.


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