College Students Help Schoolchildren ‘Tinker’ With STEM Concepts

Mentoring a pupil in Williamsport's West End

A meeting of the minds

A robot is maneuvered through a cup-lined hallway.

Creativity takes a front seat.

Students from Penn College’s Society of Inventors and Mad Scientists recently worked with Jackson Primary School kindergartners to third-graders, helping them explore the world of design and invention in the school’s “Tinker Town.” Launched in 2014 through a $1,500 mini-grant from the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation, the after-school program provides a hands-on environment that challenges children to think creatively and critically while exploring science, technology, engineering and math. “The students did a great job of playing with the kids and helping them use their discovery toys,” said Thomas E. Ask, industrial design professor and club adviser. Taking part were industrial design majors Sean P. Christy, of Coatesville; Meghan J. Herman, of Jersey Shore; Anthony D. Sipe, of York; and Samantha M. Via, of Williamsport.
Photos by Lynne E. Piotrowski, Title I reading specialist, Williamsport Area School District