"REENGINEERING THE STEAM PIPELINE"
We trust that you and your family are safe. COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on our communities.
The past 12 months, over 500,000 citizens lost their fight against the dreaded Coronavirus. Each of us knows someone who has no longer with us on this Earth.
Our education system, businesses, families, churches, communities, sporting events, summer camps, every facet of our lives continues to be affected. Last February, prior to COVID-19, we decided that Global Health Connections International (GHCI) would not host its 2020 SUMMER STEAM Camp. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not host a 2021 Summer STEAM Camp.
What we will do this summer is try something different and innovate! We will partner with GameFlo, an education technology company revolutionizing the way kids learn how to work with data and think strategically through a game based approach. It has worked with students across the US in various game based workshops with a culturally relevant lens while creating games. We are reviewing how we can best build out a 6-week online summer STEM learning program.
We must continue to nurture our young scholars. We must continue to provide them with MORE tools to become successful STEAM professionals. We will partner with GameFlo because its leaders understand students, especially those ages 10-15 who come from underserved communities. In 2019, we piloted daily activities with GameFlo during our 2019 Summer STEAM Camp. Just like GHCI, GameFlo focuses on exposing students to the possibilities within STEAM-related fields and how they are connected to their passions.
GHCI remains committed to supporting programs that focus on increasing underserved communities access to technology to prepare them for success in a digital world.
In summation, nobody said this life would be easy. For we know, together, we can achieve much with each other. The journey ahead is filled with much promise. With much anticipated excitement, we are preparing for that journey to meet the needs of our young scholars! Stay Safe and Stay Connected. We can do hard things together!
E. Rick Copeland
Global Health Connections International is a 501 c3 organization