EDI After School Activity – Maguire McMahon ’20

My name is Maguire McMahon and I am a 2020 EDI Fellow at Norfolk Academy. This fall I have been working with Sarah Haugh, another EDI 2020 Fellow, on incorporating a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) resource into the aftercare program for fourth through sixth graders, or 9 through 11 year olds.  Our plan is to make a fun and safe environment for the children to be able to fail and also learn. Our goal is to teach the kids to work under the pressure of a time limit, to stress creative thinking and teamwork, and to guide the kids to see everyday objects differently. Additionally, through exercises we expose them to prototype thinking. We plan on launching our first program the second week after winter break, and continue the program through the rest of the year.