MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Around 100 students were able to design and build a model water tower today, thanks to a STEAM summer camp held at Northeast High School.
The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) camp began today and will run through June 9th, and was brought about thanks to a partnership between the Legacy Builders Foundation and the Mentor’s Project of Bibb County.
“Our goal would be to enhance our community by building capacity, not only with our young people, but also with all the citizens throughout the community,” said Vickie Perdue Scott, the founder and CEO of the Legacy Builders Foundation.
The children were given research materials to help them brainstorm ideas on how to build a working model water tower. However, instead of steel and concrete, they were given everyday items such as Styrofoam cups, paper clips, and plastic tubing for construction.
“They had first to research all of the materials they were going to use,” said Perdue Scott. “Then our students had to move into the engineering part of it, and that’s really building and designing the water towers.”
She also said this helps teach water conservation in the community, as well as engaging a younger generation with techniques in critical and high-order thinking to help usher in a better understanding of STEAM subjects.
“We just want to ensure that our learning community is enhanced for our children and enrichment activities are provided for all children regardless of their economic background, regardless of their social economic background,” Perdue Scott continued. “We want to them to know they can achieve at high levels as well.”
In the five years of the program, Perdue Scott estimates her foundation has helped around 3,000 students annually through various projects.
The Legacy Builders Foundation will hold other summer camps in the coming weeks. If you’d like to register, you can visit their website at LegacyBuildersFoundation.org for more information.