Last week, our children enjoyed their spring break at PAL holiday camps. In addition to educational and fun field trips, our young people danced to their hearts’ content at the energetic PAL Showstoppers competition - a citywide performing arts event.
As they head back to their regular after-school schedule, our children are ramping up their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) experiments that they will demonstrate at the annual PAL Science Fair, which will take place in May.
This year, our children are exploring the topic – Behavioral and Social Science. Each after-school center will address a unique question such as personal space, self-gratification, facial expressions and the concept of beauty. Within these broad topics, our young people have been given the autonomy to identify a particular issue and then decide how to resolve that issue.
These are important topics for today’s generation. While learning technological skills are important, understanding human behaviors in school, at work, and in the community as well as within personal relationships are what will help them achieve their goals and aspirations.
Our young people have the opportunity to engage in critical thinking and teamwork to address questions from the visitors, including prominent New Yorkers and the media. As you can see, our STEM enrichment activities give our children the opportunity to transcend their personal hardships and explore new ideas and discover new aspects of themselves.
I want to thank you and corporate partners like Con Edison, which has supported STEM initiatives at PAL for more than a decade. You make vibrant educational programs like the PAL Science Fair possible. If you would like to learn more about PAL’s STEM programs, we would be happy to arrange a visit to the PAL Science Fair. Thank you.
Frederick J. Watts
Executive Director, PAL