Updated 12/22/2010 10:10 PM
Wings of Eagles after school science program graduation
After three months of hard work, the children in the Wings of Eagles after school science program had their graduation on Wednesday. Our Bill Mich was on hand for the ceremony and found out how the kids are going to use these new skills for the rest of their life.
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ELMIRA, N.Y. -- For the past three months, the Ernie Davis Community Center has become a center of learning for middle school kids interested in science.
"We learned about rockets and stuff and how to fly them. And we went to this one place and they took us up into the control tower and we learned about airplanes and stuff," said Jeremiah Turner, a graduate of the program.
"There is an animal, a prehistoric animal called a mastodon, and we had to look through dirt that was from a mastodon bone and we had to find different stuff," said Jacob Parker, another graduate."
"It's really fun to come here, relax and be able to learn science instead of just having to listen to a teacher," said graduate Coby Greeno.
Students learned about the science behind rockets, robotics and even NASCAR. Wednesday was graduation day for the kids and before they got their diploma they had one final guest speaker.
"With what the kids were learning about science and technology, in what they've been learning, it made sense to tie in the motorsports angle. So, it was my privilege to talk with them about science and technology and in particular the safety aspect of autosport and motorsport racing," said Wendy Gabers, the Director of Marketing for Andretti Motorsports.
The lessons these children have learned in the past three months have helped them start to consider what they want to do with the rest of their lives.
"I do like music, but I think a scientist would be still a really cool thing to do," said Parker.
"And when I grow up, I'm thinking about being a scientist," said program graduate Allahve Carston.
Time Warner Cable is the parent company of YNN and we are committed to the Connect a Million Minds program, inspiring youth to develop science, technology, engineering and math skills. For more information on the initiative, go to connectamillionminds.com.