STEM Saturdays with Dr. Calvin Mackie

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

Saving Our City: Flooding, Leaves, Pumps and the Environment!


AECOM presents STEM SATURDAY with Dr. Calvin Mackie: SAVING OUR CITY!! Flooding, Levees, Pumps and the Environment!

AECOM


Since Hurricane Katrina and recent flash floodings, 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 of AECOM will sponsor activities which will teach our children about the hazards of their environment and how STEM makes it possible for us to live here.  


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. Students will enhance their understanding about the environment and natural hazards like flooding and coastal erosion while working together to perform basic environmental science experiments and by planning and implementing scientific and engineering solutions to hypothetical real world challenges. Students will observe and preform activities with a screw pump to learn how water is pumped upward and out of the bowl called New Orleans. Students learn about nature and materials not just by observing them but more importantly, by using material created or found in nature. 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.


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)

January 2018 – No Programming

January 27, 2018 - Sanchez Center (Due to Mardi Gras)

March 10, 2018 – Gernon Brown Center

April 14, 2018 – Cut-Off Center

May 5, 2018 – Joe W. Brown Multi-Purpose Facility

June 2018 – No Programming

July 14, 2018 – Lyons Center

August 11, 2018 – Treme Center (View Evacuation Plan)

September 8, 2018 – Cut-Off Center

October 13, 2018 - Sanchez Center

November 10, 2018 - Gernon Brown Center

December 8, 2018 - 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