ROXBURY, NJ - A bus route coming this summer will allow kids from Roxbury to participate in the Summer STEM Institute (SSI) in Cedar Knolls, the institute recently announced.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The SSI offers fun, co-ed programs for youth entering grades one through six, said STEM Program Director Bill SanFilippo in a press release.
“Children will work in teams, meet new friends and perform hands-on experiments that make science, technology, engineering and math come alive,” he said. The SSI program has been designed and vetted by STEM educators and professionals to be fun and age-appropriate. Hands-on activities help students learn the academic concepts behind the experiments.
The bus will pick up and drop off from Fresh Imperium Shopping Center in Landing and the Roxbury Mall in Succasunna during the week of July 10, SanFilippo said.
The SSI was created in 2015 and the Boy Scouts’ Patriots’ Path Council charged with leading the first pilot program. SanFillippo said the first summer was a success, so the SSI was expanded to kids in grades one through six. The program is run under the Learning for Life division of the Boy Scouts of America.
The 5-week-long SSI program will take place at the Boy Scout headquarters in Cedar Knolls. The students will build carts, work on circuit boards, program robotics, learn about astronomy and more, he said. “The program is aimed to welcome children who are not already enrolled in the Scouting program and have an interest in STEM, however Scouts may attend to earn STEM NOVA badges,” SanFilippo noted.