Yesterday, Bluford K-5 S.T.E.M. Academy held a very successful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics career fair. S.T.E.M. professionals from throughout the area came to participate in the event. S.T.E.M. professionals brought drones, robots, programmable games and so much more to share with the eager learners. I had the opportunity to spend the morning at Bluford leading a learning station in the media center. In the above photo, I am carrying one of the boxes of materials to prepare our learning station. The activity incorporated a STEM chant (in Spanish), with students making a foldable book, and writing career choices. By the end of the day, my very dedicated helpers, recruited from the Middle College at UNCG (also a S.T.E.M. school) had assisted over 300 children.
As you can see from the above photo, Bluford is bright and colorful. The walls are filled with colorful art related to science. We think they should add the "A" for "art" to their name and call themselves a S.T.E.A.M. school. Buford, located on Tuscaloosa St. in the Dudley Heights neighborhood near Barber Park, is named after Dr. F.D. Bluford, who was President of NC A&T State University. If you ever get a chance to donate goods, time, or money to a public school, we encourage you to do so. You will be contributing to the community's future and, when you least expect it, you are making a difference in someone's life.