Harvard and MIT Students Biking Across America to Promote Love of STEM

A group of seven students at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – both NEC members – is biking from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco this summer. Along the way, the students will stop at libraries, schools, and home-school networks to host workshops designed to get students excited about careers in the STEM field.

The group will host three different types of workshops. The first, focused on computer science, will teach kids to program in Scratch, a computer language developed at MIT. The second will be concentrated on electrical engineering and will teach students how to build a robot. The third workshop will show kids how to build a model rocket and will show possible variations to the central model, in keeping with the workshop’s focus on mechanical engineering. The group, which calls itself Spokes, is being sponsored in its trip by MIT, Cannondale, Teach for America, Texas Instruments, the Edgerton Center at MIT, edX, and individual donors.

“We are dedicated to revealing the exploratory, self-directed, and boundless nature of learning to students across the US. Our mission stems from the simple idea that most o the learning we do over the course of our lifetimes happens outside of a classroom as the result of semi-random explorations into topics that genuinely interest us. We want to show this to high school students and give them an opportunity to feel inspired and find something they love,” says Spokes on its website.

The New England Council applauds these students for their efforts to spread the love of learning across the US.

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