At Step Up Academy’s summer STEM program, kids engage in researching their STEM projects. Kids learn how to effectively and purposely research using a variety of tools and search engines.Through the research process, the kids learn how to record their research, summarize their findings and avoid plagiarism when sharing their research. Kids make connections from their research to problems in society and connect the research with possible solutions to the identified problem in society. Research skills are essential to prepare kids for their future academics and careers. Through the STEM program, kids gain valuable skills in research and independence in their learning. Additionally, research skills promote an understanding of information and critical evaluation of the content presented to the kids. In the summer program, kids learn how to collect, analyze, evaluate and use information from research in a relevant and meaningful way. In the STEM program, kids learn how to use the internet safely and purposefully. This kind of STEM learning fosters critical evaluation and analysis; these skills are supported through teaching research skills and allowing students to explore and conduct their own research. Computer skills are essential in our society and the STEM program fosters confidence in effectively using a computer for academic purposes. In addition, the kids appreciate the proficiency and efficiency they obtain on the computer through the Step Up STEM summer program.
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