STEM Saturdays with Dr. Calvin Mackie

"The Scale of the Solution must equal the scale of the problem"

SAVING OUR CITY!! Flooding, Levees, Pumps and the Environment!



It’s something we’ve become all too familiar with in New Orleans, after nearly 9 inches of rain in some areas in a short period of time, our city was under water for hours. Since the last flood, like after the great flooding in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, there has been discussion about the city’s drainage system, levees, pumps and the environment. STEM NOLA powered by Entergy is committed to exposing, inspiring, and engaging our children in hands-on, challenging, and relevant Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming. On Saturday, September 9th the world-wide engineering firm AECOM will sponsor activities that will teach our children about the hazards of our environment and how STEM makes it possible for us to live here.  


Students learn about nature and materials not just by observing them but more importantly, by using material created or found in nature. The STEM topics will be Environmental Science, Civil Engineering, and the Environment.  Students will work with STEM Professionals and college students on experiments and projects related to the environment, erosion, wetlands, and coastal and flood protection. In groups and individually students will experience the design process as they manipulate and test materials, build flood protection structures (levees), pump water uphill using a screw pump (like used to drain New Orleans) and select and use different materials (clay, sand, straw, etc.) suitable to the challenge at hand. Students will find that the strength and stability of water protection structures in their community are linked to the properties of the materials used and to the particular way the materials are configured, applied and joined. Students will learn about flooding, pumps and levees, and specific methods engineers use to prevent this natural hazard from becoming a natural disaster like during Hurricane Katrina. Students will gain a deeper understanding about the environment and natural hazards like flooding and coastal erosion. They will work together to perform basic environmental science experiments. They will plan and implement scientific and engineering solutions to hypothetical real-world challenges. Finally, students will observe and perform activities with a screw pump to learn how water is pumped upward and out of the bowl that we call home, New Orleans. STEM NOLA has engaged over 11,000 K-12 students in the last four years in STEM hands-on activities in the Greater New Orleans Area! STEM NOLA is now attracting more kids to recreation facilities in New Orleans on Saturdays for STEM activities than for individual sports.  The program will be sponsored by: AECOM (MAIN SPONSOR)


STEM NOLA has created a movement over the last three years to expose, motivate, inspire, recruit, retain and graduate more New Orleanians at every level in STEM related academic subjects and professional careers. Dr. Calvin Mackie said, “We have organized a group of highly trained and seasoned individuals with broad backgrounds and experience at all levels to expose and inspire students, inform parents, and train educators in the necessary areas of professional and human development in STEM. Such training will focus on providing the necessary skills to increase exposure, participation, retention, and graduation in STEM from K-12 through Ph.D.”


Since its start in Dec 2013, STEM NOLA powered by Entergy has engaged over 8000 K-12 kids from over 365 schools in STEM hands-on activities, come out to see why more kids are showing up at recreation facilities to participate in STEM activities than for individual sports!! The February 11th event will be held at the Delgado Community College Student Life Center located at 916 Navarre Ave, NOLA, 70124 (Building #11) from 9 am to 12:30 PM. The STEM topics will be physics principles of Force and Motion!


A limited number of FREE slots are available for ALL students who receive free or reduced lunch vouchers on a first come basis, all others must pay $60 for participation. You must register online!!! For more info or to register visit: http://www.STEMNOLA.com


Note: Although you may have registered for an event in the past, parents must Pre-register their child(ren) online for EACH Saturday event and complete the full Consent/Registration packet only once (Completed Consent/Registration will be placed on file at STEM NOLA office). The full registration packet must be downloaded/printed out and returned to the STEM NOLA office via mail (1631 Elysian Fields Suite #1, New Orleans, 70117), via email (info@stemnola.com) or fax (504-391-0760), or brought to the Camp Site on the day of participation. Registration will be on a First come/First serve basis. Participation will be limited to the first 125 (One hundred) registrants.


Thank you for helping STEM NOLA reach the goal of exposing, inspiring and engaging the youth of our communities to see and experience the unlimited possibilities in STEM.

Introduction

“STEM Saturdays with Dr. Mackie” will provide city-wide family, and community-based academic events each month where students and parents can attend, and learn together. STEM NOLA will partner with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) to host events at NORDC facilities across the city, at the following sites: Joe Brown Park, The Treme Center, The Lyons Center and Behrman Park.


The goal of the STEM NOLA program is to engage the entire community around Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM). By holding widely publicized events on the 2nd Saturday of each month, all participants - parents, teachers, community volunteers and/or corporate volunteers, will be given an opportunity to engage students in fun, and educational STEM-Based activities. The community will be exposed to STEM activities that they can choose to participate in as a family, at any time. People in underserved communities do not take advantage of such activities because they have not been exposed. “STEM Saturdays with Dr. Mackie” will provide youth, especially urban youth, with exposure to activities and create curiosity about life, education and careers in STEM.


To participate in STEM Saturday, Parents need to Register their child(ren) and then complete a full registration packet. A full registration packet is needed on file before students will be allowed to participate in Saturday programming. To Register for STEM SATURDAYS please click here.


KEY POINTS ON STEM SATURDAYS

  • STEM NOLA (SN) is an organization founded by New Orleans native, and former tenured Tulane University Engineering professor, Dr. Calvin Mackie. The purpose of its existence is to expose, inspire and engage members in the surrounding communities about the opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
  • "STEM Saturdays with Dr. Mackie" is only one of the components of STEM NOLA that will provide city wide family and community based hands-on academic each month. Students and parents can attend, and learn together.
  • STEM Saturday and all other events will be fee based depending on the parent's economic status. Students receiving free and reduced lunch at school will be free. See Pricing
  • Parents must Register their children online for EACH Saturday event and Complete the registration packet. The registration packet must be downloaded/printed out and returned to The STEMNOLA office via email (info@stemnola.com) or fax (504-391-0760), or brought to the Camp Site on the day of participation. Note: The Full Registration Packet should be completed only once and must be on file with STEM NOLA.
  • In 2004, Dr. Mackie received the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President George H. Bush in a White House Ceremony. Dr. Mackie has been doing this work for over 20 years.
  • STEM NOLA will partner with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) to host such events at NORDC facilities across the city, including: Joe Brown Park, The Treme Center, The Lyons Center and Behrman Park, every second Saturday of each month starting in February 2014 (February 8th).
  • Dr. Mackie's mission is to show the community that STEM-Based activities (Innovating, Creating, Building, Making and Producing) are the new recreation for the 21st Century.
  • The Initial STEM NOLA Kick-Off was held on Dec 14th at Joe Brown Park and was sponsored by AXA Financial, Cox Cable of New Orleans, Councilman James Gray (District E), Channel ZerO Group and NORDC. (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
  • Eventually there will be programming at each of the four NORDC sites on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
  • Certified Teachers, College Students, and Corporate Volunteers will serve as Instructors and Mentors for STEM Saturday events.

STEM Saturdays with Dr. Calvin Mackie: Calendar (Tentative)

STEM Saturdays with Dr. Calvin Mackie: Calendar (Tentative)

January 2017 – No Programming

February 11, 2017 - Delgado Community College Student Life Center

March 11, 2017 – Gernon Brown Center

April 8, 2017 – Cut-Off Center

May 6, 2017 – Joe W. Brown Multi-Purpose Facility

June 2017 – No Programming

July 8, 2017 – Lyons Center

August 12, 2017 – Treme Center (View Evacuation Plan)

September 9, 2017 – Cut-Off Center

October 14, 2017 - Sanchez Center

November 11, 2017 - Gernon Brown Center

December 9, 2017 - Joe W. Brown Multi-Purpose Facility

STEM Saturday's Pricing

Single STEM Saturday is $60/per session – includes snack.

   9 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Register for more than 1 Saturday event or a group of children to get the best pricing.
  • Siblings registering for the same Sat camp events will get multi-camp package discounts.
  • Payments can be made by money order, certified check, VISA, AMEX or MasterCard.

Register FOR STEM SATURDAYS


Re-Cap of the STEM Saturday Kick-Off