Hello guys! My name is Annie Yung, and I’m so excited to be a part of Project Exploration again this year. I previously led the program at Carter Woodson the past spring semester, and I will be at Orozco this fall. The program at Orozco will start on October 3rd! I came to know about Project Exploration through a former STEM Facilitator because she had posted a blurb on my old alma mater’s FB group page. I wanted to join the Project Exploration team because of its focus on bringing STEM activities to underrepresented youth and to gain experience serving as a mentor and teacher. I’m excited to be a part of the team partly because of the increase in number of STEM Facilitators this year! It’s an honor working alongside such passionate and like-minded individuals who strive to make a difference in the lives of the youth – both girls & boys. All of the STEM Facilitators have different backgrounds and training, and I’m looking forward to learning from each individual on the team. One of the things that I learned from leading the program at Woodson last semester is that the girls are extremely curious and interested in a variety of topics and concepts that aren’t normally taught in school. For this fall semester, I wanted to come up with a set of activities that are different, exciting, challenging, and include concepts from various disciplines such as Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, etc. One of the activities that I’m looking forward to this semester is having the girls concoct a water filter from a limited amount of materials and test the effectiveness of their water filter by actually purifying water. Lastly, Project Exploration has a list of field trip opportunities for the girls. We’re going to kick start off the semester with a camping trip down at Camp Sullivan. We have more field trips lined up for the girls, so stay tuned and continue to read the monthly blogs!
Written By: Annie Yung