Sheep Hearts and Car Engines: Two Out-of-School Programs That Focus on STEM

By Emma Patti Harris — August 21, 2019 1 min read

On a hot Texas summer day, students at the Boys and Girls Club of The Big Pines could be heard recoiling, “Ew!” “Gross!” Heather Kleiner, the sponsored programs manager at Sci-Port Discovery Center, had just revealed two sheep hearts the group was going to dissect as part of their GSK Science in the Summer program.

“If you feel the urge to say ‘Ew!’ ‘Gross!’ correct yourself and say, ‘Oh, interesting,’” she told the group.

This program, along with others across the country, is exposing students of all ages to STEM in order to encourage future interest in related careers.

Meanwhile, at another effort in Philadelphia, the Office of Fleet Management Internship Program is employing students who are enrolled in auto mechanic classes at local high schools to develop the skills they need to be productive in the workforce.

“We need technicians to keep the city running,” said former internship director Lisa Spruill. “The city is winning and also that student is winning as well.”

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.