Jan 28Building a Future… Out of Candy?
Residents are always looking for innovative ways for their kids to do even better in school. Mercy Housing collaborates to offer program enrichment for youth to do just that, because kids’ learning shouldn’t stop after that last bell rings, and that’s where Mercy Housing’s partners can get involved. For so many hardworking parents, it can be tricky to find the right, affordable place for their kids to study and play after school. We want students to do their best, not just the minimum, so we always jump at the chance to keep resident students curious and creative as they pursue education. As a fellow innovative, Salesforce partnered with us for a STEM Maker Faire. The fair’s theme, Halloween!
Volunteers joined us at Natalie Gubb for the event and tabled several booths, hosting educational activities that were deceptively educational, heavy on the fun and serious about learning. Activities that blended the concepts of STEAM with interactive experienced-based learning. Audience cheers and a little friendly competition accompanied the fair’s activities — catapulting candy pumpkins, building sweet towers or candy, and the creation of slime. It was a thrilling way for students to explore the sciences out of the classroom and in their community.
This was an intergenerational event, young and old engaging with STEM concepts together so that kids could see that learning is fun, not a chore. A parent was even live-streaming her family’s inventions. Siblings invented puppets alongside their mother and grandmother. Adults watched and coached their kids and encouraged them to keep trying — an educational experience blended into a community experience.
Parents and family members were excited to see volunteers engage their children in ways that foster a love for learning. We are especially grateful to Salesforce. Without the enthusiasm and support of their volunteers, the family engagement and learning would not have been the same.