Partnerships for Tomorrow

IEEE-USA President Dr. Peter Eckstein Visits Core Element’s Hands-On STEM Camp

Students across the country are learning to tackle the challenges of the future. And with support from the IEEE Foundation, students in New Orleans, LA are preparing for a bright future in STEM during weeklong Hands On Summer STEM Camps hosted by Core Element, a local nonprofit organization that promotes quality teaching in STEM.

IEEE-USA President Dr. Peter Eckstein recently visited the camp for a first-hand look at how IEEE’s partnership is not only promoting student interest and success in STEM, but shaping young lives.

Core Element just completed its third year of the popular hands-on STEM camp sessions. The interactive camps pair students and teachers who work side-by-side as they explore robotics skills. A three-year IEEE grant made it possible for Core Element to purchase and supply the computers and classroom resources needed to conduct the interactive camps.

“STEM skills positively impact all areas of learning,” says Jan Brenan, Executive Director of Core Element. “It is important for students to understand why STEM subjects are important and get engaged in the learning process. To be effective in the classroom, teachers need to involve students in STEM activities that are fun and interesting. We are proud to offer this unique camp experience made possible because of our partnership with IEEE.”

IEEE’s partnership with Core Element has opened new vistas and a promising future for participating students.

“It has been extremely gratifying and inspirational to see how these students are building on the resources made possible by IEEE.” said Dr. Eckstein. “It confirms how critical these partnerships are for shaping students, growing their skills through innovative thinking and problem-solving, and encouraging a future generation of scientists and engineers.”