Local students will enjoy more Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) activities at school thanks to The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. WHRO Public Media recently facilitated the delivery of equipment for a new state-of-the-art STEM Center at Arcadia Middle School in Accomack County.

In 2016, The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation launched the Ripken Foundation STEM Initiative to provide underserved elementary and middle school youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods the opportunity to participate in STEM activities. The organization sees the STEM education gap as an opportunity to apply key lessons from sports—teamwork, respect, communication, and resilience—to the classroom.

Ripken Foundation STEM Centers are designed for youth organizations and schools to get youth interested in STEM through hands-on learning. Each STEM Center comes fully equipped with the latest technology, the Ripken Foundation STEM Center Curriculum Guidebook for mentors, and customizable tool kits that include hands-on games and activities. These tools will assist teachers and mentors in providing fun and engaging STEM education to youth, preparing them for a workforce growing with STEM opportunities.

Educators at Arcadia Middle School said the center will allow them to provide students with hands-on experience with drones, robots, circuit boards, and other exciting technology.

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