Understanding the nuts and bolts of the STEMAccelerator initiative

The Beyond GSK crew was back in the field to shoot another story about of how we make an impact in the cities where we live and work. The new segment is centered on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and GSK’s one million dollar commitment to NC New Schools’ brand new initiative called STEMAccelerator.

Our first shoot location was Wake STEM Early College High School located on NC State University’s campus in Raleigh, NC.  It is one of the many schools that partner with NC New Schools.

These high school students are immersed in STEM learning and finish school with a diploma and two years worth of college credit!

We encountered a group of students in a hallway who were working with a robot they created from nuts, bolts, sensors and switches. The brilliant boys developed a computer code that controls the robot’s movements. 

The Cyclops robot named Polyphemus can pick up, move and stack bins and containers. The teens worked together as an engineering team, creating a compelling concept, building the robot from simple hardware and applying technology to code the computer to move the machine.

Our crew then ventured into a chemistry lab where groups of students gathered around tables wearing protective goggles and aprons. Each group was working to create a replica car air bag with zip lock bags, a liquid and a chemical. Hands-on experiments are a great way to get kids engaged in equations and outcomes all while learning science and math.  

STEM education is about observing and exploring, experimenting and creating. And the STEMAccelerator prepares this generation of teens for college, career and life. 

Our final shot was at a conference for 600 education leaders called “Scaling STEM” in RTP where Jack Bailey, President of US Pharma and Governor Pat McCrory announced the $1 million dollar grant to create the STEMAccelerator program