Goddard offers summer STEM program

Many parents are enrolling their kids in summer camps and activities. But the cost of those can add up quickly.

The Goddard Schools District offers a free option, which filled up in just four days. The district is allowing parents to put their students on a waiting list for the program. You'll find more information on that here: Goddard STEM Program

Science, technology, engineering and math or "STEM" are subjects at the forefront of lots of summer programs, after-school activities and even schools themselves.

2nd graders at Amelia Earhart Elementary in Goddard are already learning about coding and 400 Goddard students will explore other STEM subjects in the district's Summer STEM Academy.

200 students will focus on space, flight and aerodynamics, while the rest will learn about matter.

The STEM Academy is only for students who are currently in second through fifth grades.

It's the first year these programs are being offered and at no cost to families.

All 400 spots filled up in just four days…

The district's Superintendent of Academic Affairs says they want students to know they can tackle these sometimes complex subjects.

"Learning that they can do science, technology, engineering, and math," said Dr. Julie Cannizzo, "There are so many students that, early on, don't believe they're good in those subject areas. We're putting STEM education early in their lives so they're growing up with this knowing 'I can do math. I can do science. Whether I'm a girl or a boy, I can be good at these things."

Free transportation will be provided for students to participate in the STEM Academy.

The district hopes to expand the program in the future for kids outside of the 2nd through 5th grade age range.