M.A.S.’s PLASMA-BOTICS (PLaying with Science and MAth and RoBOTICS) program originated in response to the low graduation rates of students of color, and the low number of minorities, female, and students from low socioeconomic communities who, due to certain barriers, have limited exposure to math and science, lending them the impression that they are uninterested.
The PLASMA-BOTICS program integrates Golf with STEAM while encouraging an interest in math, science and health. The PLASMA-BOTICS program facilitates students’ application of and exposure to ‘the real world’ in order to promote an interest beyond the classroom.
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The Science Behind Healthy Eating Program
The “S” in STEM is for science and Mad About Science programs additionally offer “The Science Behind Healthy Eating” curriculum where students learn about the “why” behind healthy vs. unhealthy eating. It is one thing to hear that certain foods are not good for you, yet another to understand “why”.
For our Science Behind Healthy Eating curriculum, students will learn about deciphering food labels and work through programs such as; Ditch the Fizz, where students will learn about sugar in soda; Fast Food or Fat Food, where students will select a balanced, healthy diet from fast food restaurants through planning and moderation; Understanding Whole Grains and how to identify whole grains and describe their benefits, Fruit and Vegetable Challenge (Students learn how color can help identify good sources of nutrients in fruits and vegetables); why water is important to the body and how much is needed and much more. Our climatic lab activity is a special Cafeteria Scene Investigation (CSI) case, Awash in misinformation, where students learn to evaluate nutritional claims on labels.
The activities have been created for elementary and middle school aged students in a format that they can understand. The program is hands-on and minds-on because that is the best way to learn and the best way to remember.
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