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GMC Prep student shares national STEM program experience

Nathan Simpson attended the 2016 National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM in Winston Salem, North Carolina this summer. 

In July, 11-year-old Nathan Simpson was one of many students from across the nation to take part in the 2016 National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM, an Envision program. The six-day forum took place in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Students explored emerging and evolving career fields through investigative workshops, hands on simulations, and exciting curriculum.

“My fourth grade teacher invited me to go and I thought it would be a fun thing to do,” said Nathan Simpson, GMC Prep Student. “It was really fun.”

The forum is designed to give students the opportunity to build a solid STEM foundation. It also exposed them to critical skills needed to make informed academic and career decisions later in life. Students engaged in a CSI workshop where they practiced analytical and critical thinking skills as they unlocked clues in an actual case. They also explored medicine through dissection of a cow’s heart, and the fields of technology and engineering as they learned to program a robot.

“There was a crime and someone stole something from a museum and we had to find out who it was out of four suspects,” said Simpson. “In medicine we learned about the heart system and what type of medicine deals with heart attacks and strokes. We did engineering too and we built a house out of dry spaghetti noodles.”

Simpson is a 6th grade student at Georgia Military College’s Prep School. He wants to become a Marine Biologist.