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San Ramon Valley High STEM club inspires young minds

School's S.T.E.M. club aims to make science fun for elementary students

Two San Ramon Valley High students are leading a 65-member S.T.E.M. club in teaching elementary school students about the importance of science this school year.

The S.T.E.M. club is the first club at San Ramon Valley High school to bring scientific activities to students of less fortunate communities.

Last school year, students Lizzy Vojvoda and Samantha Pearlstein were inspired to create the very first S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) club due to their love of science and helping others.

"We realize how fortunate we are in Danville to be encouraged from a young age to pursue the fields of S.T.E.M. and how easily attainable exploring their fields are for us," said Pearlstein, a junior at San Ramon Valley High.

Along with their passion for the science field, Vojvoda and Pearlstein decided to start the S.T.E.M. club to develop interest within children regarding science and technology. The club has now grown to 65 people.

"In our same county, children are not receiving the same encouragement to pursue and explore these amazing fields. We decided to act upon this and started S.T.E.M. at San Ramon Valley High School," Vojvoda said.

In October and December 2015, the S.T.E.M. club visited their high school's sister school, Peres Elementary in Richmond, to teach the students there about S.T.E.M.

"Our goal is to visit each school in the Tri-Valley area at least four times throughout the school year, and each time we visit, we plan to focus on a different aspect of S.T.E.M.," Vojvoda said.

The educational activities included a marble run to teach the students about engineering and a treasure map and robot simulation to teach concepts behind the computer aspects of S.T.E.M.

Janet Willford, Leadership teacher at San Ramon Valley High, helps coordinate field trips to Peres Elementary with the S.T.E.M. club and offers guidance and advice to the founders of the club when necessary.

"The S.T.E.M. club is significant because it creates a fun learning environment for elementary and high school students through fun and engaging, hands-on activities," Willford said.

Willford went on to praise the hard work of the club leaders and all of the members of the science, technology, engineering and math club at San Ramon Valley High school.

"All of the S.T.E.M. members are enthusiastic and eager to plan and lead S.T.E.M. related activities for Peres Elementary School. The president's and leaders of the club are always shooting for the stars with their plans for S.T.E.M. club," Willford said.

Along with making the trip to educate elementary students about the importance of careers in science, the S.T.E.M. club members also donate supplies, clothes, Halloween costumes and holiday gifts to Peres Elementary School.

San Ramon Valley High school students who are interested in joining S.T.E.M. can contact the club's President at: srvhsstem@gmail.com with inquiries, including donating funds, science equipment or any assistance that may benefit the club.

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