Biloxi schools use DOD grants for STEM education

Biloxi schools use DOD grants for STEM education
"My STEM activity today is 'bungee jump Barbie.' We're determining how many rubber bands a Barbie will need to complete a bungee jump," explained (Photo source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - This summer the Biloxi School District has a couple of STEM camps underway thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S Department of Defense.

For the second time, Biloxi is the only district in Mississippi to receive the Department of Defense Education Activity or DODEA grant, which serves military dependent students, and exposes kids to science, technology, engineering and math activities.

"The STEM activities we're doing this week are really a lot of problem-solving," said Stephanie Dodd, Biloxi Junior High STEM instructor. "It's a lot of group work. They have to work together to figure out the problem and a solution. They also must make a lot of predictions on what might happen, so it's a lot of work skills and after-school skills that they'll need to succeed."

At the four-day camp, each student rotates around to different teachers to learn different STEM activities.

"It's more about you having a problem and you need a solution, and you have to work with your team and your group," Dodd added. "My STEM activity today is 'bungee jump Barbie.' We're determining how many rubber bands a Barbie will need to complete a bungee jump."

The grant is specifically set up for military dependents, with the hope being that STEM camps like this will lead to STEM jobs for students in the future. The camps are happening at Biloxi Junior High School and North Bay Elementary.

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