Dr. Meg Delgado, St. Petersburg College, College of Education Faculty, treated our PAL summer participants to a STEM competition at St. Petersburg College. They were given the challenge of creating a spacecraft that could land upright. The materials our kids could used were toothpicks, tape, mini marshmallows, popsicle sticks and the like. The mission was to drop the spacecraft from a height of one foot to start. They all did an amazing job and created some spectacular landing gear! An all girl team came away with the top prize! The group then went to the SPC planetarium to learn more about the stars to close out the day!
Each week a group of PWC volunteers came in to provide our PAL summer participants with an hour of code. The kids learned why coding is important, how it is used and then were able to actually practice code! As you can imagine, the staff had to pry them away from the computers once the hour was over!
Our kids had a blast at the summer talent show. They were able to showcase all their hard work on their dances, comedy routines, and solo vocal performances to their families and friends who came out in full support. We closed the evening out with distributing backpacks filled with school supplies and healthy snacks.
St. Petersburg College, College of Education teacher preparation students and alumni worked over the summer to help prevent the dreaded summer reading slide. Each Wednesday the COE volunteers created interactive lesson plans that incorporated hands on learning. Our PAL summer participants learned all about space, Florida state history, animals and much more!
It was an absolute honor to have one of St. Petersburg’s most renowned muralist, Derek Connelly, give us a mural tour of downtown St. Pete. We were able to see many of the murals up close while learning about the artists and their vision. We were so grateful for his time and expertise!