The second STEAM TEACHER TRAINING will be held at Jim Hill High School on February 24, 2018. This STEAM Teacher Training is the next event in the STEAM Teams’ ongoing initiative to bring the STEM/STEAM education experience to our west Jackson youth. The Training will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Jim Hill High School’s address is 2185 Coach Fred Harris St, Jackson, MS 39204.

In VOCM’s 2017 year end newsletter President/CEO Phil Reed shared:

STEAM – Impacting the Lives of Our Youth…

Reaching and serving the children and families in our community who are too often underserved by the educational system is an integral part of proclaiming life to the full. In March, we started a collaborative to bring educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) into our neighborhood schools in inner city Jackson. Building on our involvement in two of our elementary schools, God has brought together an impressive group of partners…as well as other vital community stakeholders. Our goal is to bring the best educational opportunities available anywhere into our schools in West Jackson. Dubbed as the STEAM Team, we sponsored a “Thinkers Fair” to introduce youth and family members to hands on, project-based learning attended by about three hundred people. The culminating event was a robotics contest between two fifth grade students. The next morning, we got this text from one of the STEAM trainers, also a former teacher:

I am all in for this! I keep thinking wouldn’t it be awesome to take something like this to the kids in the schools that are the most at risk! I keep thinking about the young man at the end… You have never seen such an Angry Young Man as he was when he came to me in 3rd grade… Learning how to take ownership of something like coding and finding what he’s good at has turned his life around even at this young age! What a difference we could make! How many kids can we reach and save?


To learn more about The Steam Initiative – click on the following links:

Changing the Narrative – Do you know how life changing STEAM education can be to our west Jackson youth?

1st STEAM Teacher Training – Discover the Teacher Training’s Objective

Introducing STEAM to parents and pupils at a “Thinker’s Fair”.

Be our partner in Changing Lives – Donate Here

The STEAM Team’s Collaborators Include:

·      Mississippi Department of  Education ·      Jackson Public Schools
·      The Office of The Honorable Mr. Bennie Thompson, United States House of Representatives ·      Jackson State University, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
·      University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mind Center ·      Jackson Medical Mall Foundation
·      Voice of Calvary Ministries ·      Common Ground Church
·      Mississippi College STEM Institute ·      Walker Foundation
·      Dr. Wilma Mosley Clopton, NMHS Unlimited Film Productions ·      Mississippi Robotics
·      Working Together Jackson ·      Pecan Park Elementary School
·      Women for Progress of Mississippi Inc. ·      Refill Cafe


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