Tuesday , May 28 2024

47 Kids: Fresno kids are becoming engineers

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In today’s 47 Kids, we’ll visit an elementary school where kids become engineers. Teachers say the program is growing, all thanks to a $10,000 grant.<br /><br />With a few commands, eighth grader Jami Bermuedz just programmed her own robot. <br /><br />&quot;I just wanted to program it to go one way for nine seconds, and the other way for nine seconds,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Bermuedz, an 8th grade engineer, said.<br /><br /></span>A few feet away, Chris Moua is building his robot for a tug of war match. With focus and precision, all from scratch. <br /><br />&quot;You have to type out every single command for it,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Moua said.<br /><br /></span>Jami and Chris are students at Fairmont Elementary. Spending their first period in the school’s new STEM lab, which stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math, building and programming robots. <br /><br />&quot;Motivating and inspiring kids to be innovative in their own right, is very important and really brings education to life,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Jared Savage, the principal Fairmont Elementary, said.<br /><br /></span>But Fairmont’s programs will soon expand. Thanks to eighth grade math teacher Jamie Bellamy. Who just won a $10,000 grant to bring STEM to kindergarten and up. <br /><br />&quot;I want students at Fairmont, every student, to have the opportunity,&quot; J<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">amie Bellamy, the 8th grade math teacher said.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span>Bellamy won the grant through Paramount Education Programs. Funded by Paramount Agricultural Companies, designed to help schools of employee’s kids. For Bellamy, the grant was one of almost 200 funded across the central valley. <br /><br />&quot;It was just so clear that the school was very thoughtful,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Noemi Donoso, V.P. of Education Initiatives.&nbsp;</span>&quot;They were like no, we want to expose every kid at this school to stem, in really engaging, exciting ways, starting in kindergarten.&quot;<br /><br />But there were a few key points in Bellamy’s grant. STEM programs for minorities and STEM for young women. <br /><br />&quot;So that when they think of a scientist or an engineer in their head, it is not somebody else who they can not be, it is themselves,&quot; B<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">ellamy said.<br /><br /></span>Something young engineer Jami can now visualize. <br /><br />&quot;I’m getting something that not very many girl students get to have, and I feel very, like, good about myself,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">she said.<br /><br /></span>And just like their machines, these students are building their own pathway to success.&nbsp;<br /><br /><span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Megan Rupe, reporting.</span></div>

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