Props for Kids College changes
by Chip Latcham
Jun 20, 2014 | 682 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three cheers for Coastal Bend College.

Better make that four cheers, as all four campuses participated by hosting about a combined 100 young students at its newly revamped Kids College this week.

First, the college catered to a younger, more inclusive audience over a four-day period, instead of 16 days as in years past.

Second, the curriculum focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses because of their popularity with educators.

These valuable lessons help our U.S. students improve their abilities to compete in technology fields much in demand in modern society.

In addition, this year, those attending the Kids College did so for FREE.

“We did realize the cost could be a little prohibitive, so this gave us the opportunity for anybody to sign up,” Monica Cruz, CBC marketing manager, said. “We basically removed any barrier and made it more accessible to more students.”

“The purpose was to enlighten them on the different types of careers and everyday activities that involve math, engineering, science and technology,” said Lillian Garza, CBC employee who helped coordinate the program. “I hope the kids come away with learning to work as a team and in their everyday surroundings, (and) how science, technology, engineering and math are all around us.”

Thanks also to the Joe Barnhart Foundation for donating $3,000 to defray expenses such as T-shirts and backpacks for the students and to the Beeville ISD and other (Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton) ISDs for providing lunches for the week.

If by attending these classes, going to the computer lab and engaging in stimulating projects such as building a rocket ship, these kids became more interested or inquisitive about math, science or attending college, then this will have been an unqualified success.
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