This year as part of the Phyllis S. Byrd Youth Fraternity program we have incorporated Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, (STEM) activities to our program. Our instructor is Mr. Melvin Stallings stem teacher at National Collegiate Preparatory Charter School.

We will host four themed workshop this year which will be interactive exploration of a specific STEM topic designed to help our Youth discover the exciting role of science, technology, engineering and math in the world around us! Our Youth have completed two workshops of the four.

Our first STEM activity was held on April 18, 2015. The topic was Forensic Science - Who Dunnit? Our youth solved a crime using forensic science! In this hands-on workshop, our Youth used science and reasoning to learn how to collect and classify fingerprints, how to analyze a crime scene, how to use biological markers like foot length to estimate height, and how hair samples are analyzed.

Our participants used their new skills to the test and solve a crime by using deductive reasoning. This was a great interactive project with a large dose of science, math, analysis, and fun! On Friday, August 7, we held our second STEM activity was held on Friday, August 7, 2015. The topic was Technology, in this workshop, students learned the position and function of computer components, how to add and remove components, how to deal with cyber threats through a variety of collaborative, hands-on, fun activities including password hacking, live malware handling, and smartphone protection.

Digital Forensics, System Vulnerabilities, Cyberethics, Cybersafety and Cybersecurity were topics discussed during this workshop. We will visit North Carolina Agricultural and State University (NCA&T) to participate in the STEM Experience Weekend.

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