This past weekend WeMake 4-H, a nonprofit organization, held an inclusive STEM program for special needs students at the Metuchen library. This program was aimed to foster STEM interest in kids by engaging them in various hands-on activities such as Robotics, Beginner Coding, 3D Designs, and Making projects.
Attendees and their families enjoyed the program and made many new friends. The kids enjoyed learning about coding and made awesome 3D designs, tinkered with fun physics experiments, and experimented with circuitry. This free program was offered to all grade levels of special needs students and was conducted with the support of the Metuchen library. WeMake 4-H will continue to reach out to the special needs community regularly, and has already scheduled similar events at the Metuchen library.
“We believe that the special needs community is largely underrepresented in STEM education and that they aren't getting enough exposure to it” said WeMake 4-H president Rishabh Rout. He said that they are trying to “address a long overdue exclusion by introducing STEM to the special needs community, which will improve STEM proficiency and build neuroplasticity associated with multidimensional education”. For over three years, WeMake 4-H has conducted free hands-on workshops at various public places such as libraries, community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the 4-H center to promote STEM/Maker Education and innovative culture among kids. So far their team of 20 high school volunteer mentors has conducted over 125 workshops and over 1400 kids have attended these sessions.