High School Students Participating in Giant Leap Summer Science Workshop Robotics Week
While the campus community quietly prepared for a new academic year over the summer, Seton Hall University's Giant Leap Summer Science Workshop entered its fifth year and welcomed a new cohort of high school students to its campus for explorations in science.
The Giant Leap Summer Science Workshops, sponsored in part by the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute, is designed as a hands-on learning experience for high school students seeking an introduction to various science fields. From robotics to hydroponic planting and forensics, each week students get to create their own projects, such as building a catapult and learning to code, while discovering their aptitude for a future career in science. The Unanue Latino Institute's support of the program and presentation of scholarship to qualified participants closely aligns with its mission to diversify and promote STEM careers.
Students Gaining Hands On Robotics and Electrical Engineering Training in Laboratory of Electrophysics & Atmospheric Plasma
Giant Leap participants are assisted by Seton Hall University College of Arts and Sciences professors and graduate students as a part of the learning process. This year, Dr. Mary Berger and graduate student, William Davis, spearheaded Robotics week in the Laboratory of Electrophysics & Atmospheric Plasma, where more than 50% of the student participants were of Latino descent. The Robotics week consisted of students learning different aspects Robotics such as soldering wires to a circuit board, learning Python, and using Raspberry Pi, a device that enables people of all ages to explore computing.
"We got the opportunity to learn all the electrical parts. The program is pretty fast paced, but that’s what makes it interesting," said Dilma Ramos, sophomore student at Union City High School.
Throughout the program students gain opportunities to learn new concepts while also solidifying skills that can be translated back to their own education. Leila, a sophomore student at Union City High School stated, "The program was more than what I expected. We are learning Python now. I wanted to learn more about coding, so during the school year I could help my Robotics Club and have an input on possible solutions." Leila illustrated her desire to learn through her continuous effort to be a team-player alongside her peers throughout the week.
Students Discover Different Aspects of Robotics, Including Learning Coding Languages Python, C++, and Java
The students in the program were not the only ones collecting new experiences as it was graduate student William's first-time teaching in a classroom environment. When asked about his teaching experience, William said "I want the students to be able to learn this stuff and transcribe it into other fields…I expect everyone to learn, make sure they understand the basics like how to solder, mechanics of a motor, and know all the components. I expect them to feel accomplished rather than get a grade."
The Giant Leap Summer Science Workshops truly takes learning to another level with hands on projects, one on one training, and stellar instructors at the helm. The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute thanks the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Physics, Dr. Mary Berger, William Davis, and founding directors Dr. Alfred Freilich and Dr. Jose Lopez, for their dedication to this wonderful program that embodies the mission of Seton Hall and helps to empower students to reach their full potential – showing us what Great Minds Can Do!
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