Marney said Thomas was invigorated by being around children with the same interests. She said the program typically tries to split the number of students evenly between males and females. She said that the STEM program furthered not only his interest in science, but in school for the upcoming year as well.
“He loved the program, especially since he was with a lot of kids like him,” she explained. “It’s cool for him to be involved in group work with kids that are like him. I think what they try to do is take the concepts that you learn about in the classroom and show the kids how it applies in the real world. I think it might help because he will be able to see why he’s learning what he’s learning and how it’s going to apply later on.
“I think this just expanded his world, meeting all these kids all over the state. The world’s a big place, and it sounds like he’s going to keep a lot of these friends (he made).”
But David said that being around the Cream and Crimson of Indiana didn’t sway his young, but thought-out college plans.
“He actually said that he’s really looking forward to becoming an engineer, and he’s already expressed interest in Purdue (University),” he added. “This really showed him what a college lifestyle would be like. He was in his dorm, had a roommate, schedule, and it really helped him understand what going to college would be like.”
For more information about the STEM program, visit the website at stem.indiana.edu/aboutstem/.