LINDEN, NJ - Soehl Middle School in Linden hosted its four weeks of Summer STEM Academy.

The program hosted 60 students for four days a week for four hours each morning, offering help with summer reading and math assignments; enrichment programs in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math; recreation programs; character education; and class trips.

The summer program, in its eighth year, is an extension of the 21st Century Community Learning Center, an after-school program that runs throughout the school year at Soehl.

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“The Summer STEM Academy decreases summer learning loss and leads to academic gains by allowing students to participate in a wide range of extension activities,” said Isabella Scocozza, Soehl Vice Principal and Director of the 21st Century program.

The program purchases all the summer reading novels for students who just finished Grades 6,
7 and 8.

“By the end of this, just about everyone will have their math packet finished, their language arts book read and their packet finished,” Scocozza said. “And they will also have participated in daily STEM challenges as an extension of the school year.”

There are two curriculums used in the STEM classes: Ozobot programmable robots that teach students computer coding; and PBS Design Squad Challenges, which use simple household items to teach students about engineering, nature and other concepts.

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