Sparking innovative ‘inside-the-box’ thinking about STEM

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When you think about kids doing science at home, you probably envision combining baking soda and vinegar to replicate a rudimentary volcano, or building a bridge out of hot glue and old popsicle sticks. But for 200 middle school students in San Juan, Puerto Rico, science at home is looking like electric circuits, electromagnetics, and a hands-on final project challenging them to apply advanced concepts of product design.

PR Stem Box

It’s all part of the STEM Boxed Kits Experience: Energy Edition, an afterschool program we’re proud to support in partnership with The Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTRT). After receiving a boxed kit delivered to their home, the students will have eight weeks of access to high-quality engineering resources including direct facilitation of materials, lessons, challenges, and skills through twice-weekly online sessions. The goal is to help the students enhance their design and critical thinking skills, explore innovative energy solutions and STEM careers, and have a lot of fun!

STEM Box Experience

“This edition focuses on exploring the fundamental concepts of electricity and the management of renewable energy,” said Jorge Valentine, director of the STEM educational program of the PRSTRT. “A unique offer that seeks to promote the scientific curiosity and creativity of each participant, the program not only affirms the Trust's commitment to promote the STEM career interests of 200 young people on the island; it is also a sample of what collaboration with companies like New Fortress Energy can achieve."

Especially when so many students who are used to classroom environments are learning remotely, it’s vital to ensure this generation has access to stimulating extracurricular learning opportunities. As we help lead Puerto Rico’s transition to a more sustainable future, we’re proud to find creative ways to tailor our efforts to support youth STEM education. We can’t wait to see the positive energy these students generate throughout this program!