New STEM Club At DMK Also Teaches Soft Skills

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math aren’t the only skills learned at Dennis M. Kenney Middle School’s new STEM Club.

The club also helps students in grades five through eight foster soft skills such as communication, problem-solving, research and adaptability in a fun learning environment.

Facilitated by teachers Meg Daley and Nikki Newidomy, the club seeks to enhance student learning outside of core classes.

Students of all academic abilities meet after school twice a month at DMK to engage in STEM activities.

During the first quarter, students learned about the engineering process, team building and re-adjusting their products during the construction of spoon catapults.

Newidomy said additional opportunities will arise, including video editing and a larger project of building two quad-copters with Go Pro cameras.

Those drones will eventually be utilized to record HCSD events.

“STEM is the direction society is going on; it’s about getting them interested in the field and making it interesting and fun,” Newidomy said. “This shows them that these are all things they can carry on with later in life.”