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STEAMMing into April Vacation Week


April 10, 2017

The College Crusade of Rhode Island and the Center for Dynamic Learning team up to offer a multidisciplinary tech workshop for local high school students

Providence, R.I., April 10, 2017 – More than two dozen high school students from The College Crusade of Rhode Island will be immersed in a hands-on design and build experience at the Center for Dynamic Learning during school vacation next week, April 17-21, 2017. The two organizations are partnering to provide a five-day STEAMM workshop for students from Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls. STEAMM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, math, and manufacturing.

In the Mechatronics workshop, students will develop skills in 3D design, prototype modeling, basic DC electronics, metal and plastic welding, forming, cutting, and fabrication. They will learn how to use these skills to build vehicles such as hydro, wind, electric and solar electric go-carts, dune buggies, drag racers, dirt bikes, hovercrafts, submersible single-manned submarines, and eco-powered motorboats. On the last day of the program, students will race the vehicles they build.

“We are looking forward to spending our second April vacation in a row with a group of College Crusade students to get them engaged in hands-on activities and expand their knowledge of what science and technology careers are like,” said Kevin Cunha, chief operating officer for the Center for Dynamic Learning. “Our Mechatronics workshop will challenge them to make connections between multiple disciplines and to understand how today’s products are created by teams of highly skilled professionals.”

“The STEAMM curriculum developed by the Center for Dynamic Learning introduces our students to the kind of cross-disciplinary mastery required for success in STEM careers,” said Andrew Bramson, president and CEO of The College Crusade. “It also teaches them to investigate problems, come up with solutions, and work together with others in a spirit of collaboration. These are valuable 21st-century skills that every young person needs to be ready for higher education.”

About The College Crusade of Rhode Island 
The mission of The College Crusade is to increase high school graduation, college readiness, and college completion for youth in Rhode Island’s low-income communities. Learn more at www.thecollegecrusade.org.

About the Center for Dynamic Learning
The Center for Dynamic Learning inspires youth to cultivate career readiness and workforce skills through science, art and theatre programs. Their programming promotes inquiry-based learning through a hands-on, student-centered, interdisciplinary STEAMM curriculum. Learn more at www.cdlri.org.


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