NAZA provides summer enrichment STEAM programming opportunities to community-based sites. Each site is paired with a school day educator to provide authentic and meaningful STEAM activities that are relative and engaging to middle school youth. Site staff and formal educators co-plan and co-deliver activities on topics including robotics, personal health and safety, engineering design, and other youth-driven projects.
The Bethlehem Centers of Nashville Summer STEM Camp provides a fun educational summer experience focused around topics in STEAM to middle school youth. The summer programs are designed to empower youth in developing self-esteem and making positive life choices. Youth-focused activities emphasize the importance of education, character, commitment and strong work ethic.
During NAZA’s Summer STEAM Initiative, Bethlehem Centers is serving 38 youth from high-need schools such as Moses McKissack and John Early Middle School. Carlos Partee serves as the camp’s informal educator and has facilitated 40 hours of STEAM-based activities to middle school students. Youth have participated in activities such as learning about cyber security, virtual reality, space exploration, circuits, and participating in a STEM bus tour from Tennessee Tech to learn about robotics and coding! One 8th grade youth stated, “I liked that we got the opportunity to be an inventor/innovator” while talking about the Engineering Design Process while building a NASA rocket ship!