Remember when your aunt Mabel or uncle Tony kept asking what you’d do after high school during family gatherings?  One of the most difficult and stressful coming of age issues for teenagers is to figure out what to do when they grow up. They ponder: Should I get a job to explore different careers or should I go to college?

To help youngsters solve the career dilemma, Goodwill NY-NJ provided hands-on workshops during a two-day event for more than 300 elementary and middle school students to spark their interest in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics fields. The event, “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!,” offered workshops to students from its Beacon program at IS 10 on Tuesday, April 7th, and from its Beacon program at JHS 265 on Wednesday, April 8.

Students got a chance to rotate and participate in all workshops of their choice throughout the day. Presenters included Bricks 4 Kidz, The Nature Company, The New York Hall of Science, Play Rugby, and a Dance workshop. 

Bricks 4 Kidz workshop encouraged students to think like scientists to figure out how to enhance real inventions, and solve problems. Using LEGO bricks, they built models of a hand mixer, windshield wipers, and a conveyor belt. They brainstormed on business ideas and learned what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.

The Nature Company: Students learned about careers that involve the care of animals. Presenter Anthony discussed how he got involved in this field.

The New York Hall of Science: Students learned about astronomy in the portable planetarium.

Play Rugby coaches described how sports can help obtain scholarships for higher education and provide an opportunity to network. Ten students who participate in Goodwill’s rugby initiative at the Queens Vocational High School volunteered as assistant coaches and helped model skills to younger students.

A Hip-Hop dance workshop exposed students to the arts. “Beacon’s Finest,” one of the top ten step teams in the city performed. The Goodwill team will compete for the first prize at the famous Apollo Theater in June.

Learn about Youth Services and upcoming activities or events, call (718) 777-6397.

View photos of kids enjoying and learning about careers at the same time during “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!”

Beacon program at IS 10: 45-11 31st Avenue, Long Island City, 11103
Beacon program at JHS 265: 101 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, 11205

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