Homeless NYC Kids Get Hands-On STEM Experience at Local Museum

Last week, kids from three Win, formerly known as “Women in Need,” shelters in Manhattan and Queens visited the New York Hall of Science to participate in a hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) experience.

During the field trip, a collaboration between Win and AT&T, the children, many of whom also attend New York City public schools, created their own machines, watched educational demonstrations, and built structures using big, soft building blocks.

The experience is part of “Summer of STEM,” a programed designed to teach essential tech skills to nearly 700 children currently living in Win Shelters.

“We want to ensure that all students are able to have their eyes opened to STEM opportunities and hands-on experiences with technology especially,” said Robin White, the area manager of external affairs at AT&T. “These students weren’t necessarily getting the same opportunities as other students, whether because they don’t have STEM in schools or they just don’t have a way to access this outside of school. So we wanted to support this unique opportunity for them to come to the Hall of Science,” she added.