Northampton students spend summer with science
Posted July 16, 2014
More than 50 students in Northampton County are spending their summer break in the classroom as part of a program designed to give them a greater chance at career success.
The grant-funded program emphasizes STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math. For 20 days, students spend six hours a day at Northampton High School, where they immerse themselves in the subjects.
Now in its third year, the STEM program has been so popular that Gov. Pat McCrory made a road trip Wednesday to see it for himself.
“Your generation has to step up and make this society better,” McCrory told the students.
“I really like school, and my favorite subjects are math and science, and I want to be an engineer,” student Katlyn Farrow said. “So, I thought this would help me a lot.”
Program director Dale Hammer said one of the goals is to help students become “independent learners.”
“Our classrooms are structured so they drive the rooms, because they will be driving their lives through college and beyond,” he said.
That drive will most likely take them away from home.
“Everybody around here says you aren't going to be nothing unless you get out of Northampton County,” Farrow said.
But the STEM program could also help bring them back.
“We need good, educated folks to come back in the community to meet the needs, whether it be health needs, which is a STEM field, or agriculture, which is a STEM field, that they come back and work with those skills here,” Hammer said.
It’s a challenge the students are ready to take on.
“You got to take advantage of every moment, and the best way to take advantage of every moment is to never stop learning,” McCrory said to the teens.