WINSTON-SALEM — Two students from White Plains Elementary spent this past week on the campus of Wake Forest University taking part in the National Youth Leadership Forum
Outstanding elementary school students in grades 3-5 from across the nation traveled to Winston-Salem to take part in a unique academic development experience.
Claire Hull, a rising fifth-grader, and Kenedi Blaire Rogers, a rising fourth-grader, took part in the weeklong event that began on Monday. They arrived each morning by 8:15 a.m. and joined in many activities until 5:30 p.m.
The idea behind the forum is to inspire children to consider careers in fields like medicine, engineering and criminal justice.
“This is a great opportunity for high-achieving scholars to get outside the classroom and see, through hands-on interactive learning, how to innovate and think creatively,” said Andrew Potter, the chief academic officer for leadership forum.
“These students, who have already proven themselves academically, are challenged to work on real-world, student-created projects to bring their studies to life.”
Students who attend these programs study engineering, medicine and forensic science in a journey that introduces them to potential college and career paths. Simulation and role-playing exercises also introduce them to team-building, problem-solving, presentation skills and goal-setting, all of which are essential for success in the 21st century.
“They will scrub in as doctors, build robots and investigate classic ‘whodunit’ crimes,” Potter said. “Each experience is designed to tap into a student’s natural curiosity. For many, this is the beginning of a lifelong passion for a special area of interest.”
NYLF Pathways to STEM is part of the Envision family of programs (www.envisionexperience.com), which enable students of all ages to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.
Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries with programs designed to help students develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape.