Race cars. Launch rockets. Program robots. That’s how you build impressive futures, according to Patrick Dean and Cedric Beamon. As the director and the outreach coordinator of SSU’s STEM 360 program, respectively, they’re on a mission to bring exhilarating, brain-stretching science, technology, engineering, and math experiences to K-12 kids all across Savannah.
“STEM 360 helps minority students see that they, too, can become doctors, developers, engineers – anything they want to be,” says Dean.
Together, these “science guys” (as the kids call them) channel students’ curiosity and energy into attention-grabbing, hands-on activities. They make mouse trap cars, engineer water bottle rockets, design VEX robots – anything imagination can dream up and science can build. These aren’t just fun, one-time projects; 360 students are gearing up for some serious competitions. Like regional FIRST LEGO League robot challenges and SECME- and Intel-sponsored science and engineering fairs (all operated by STEM 360). The program has helped send winners to state and national events – from Savannah all the way to L.A.
Dean and Beamon also host interactive science workshops. Run the Saturday STEM Academy. Put on a summer enrichment camp. Spearhead grant-funded projects. And provide volunteer opportunities and career development for undergraduates right here at Savannah State. All for free.