The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and the Drexel University ExCITe Center piloted the first ever Summer STEAM Program in July 2016. Twenty-five middle school students from Philadelphia’s Promise Zone were offered a free, week-long camp of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Athletics, and Mathematics.
Summer S.T.E.A.M. uniquely integrates science, math and technology with areas of creative and performing arts and athletics. Learning topics in the program include music technology, visual arts, game design & coding and athletics. The athletics modules is a unique addition to S.T.E.A.M. and allows students the opportunity to see how science and technology enhance sports and physical training.
As part of the program collaboration, the team is developing new instruments to assess learning outcomes and effectiveness of the program moving forward. In Summer 2017, the full program will expand to two weeks and host 50 students free of charge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m during the week of their choice.