HAZARD — Crossing America in a car can be a daunting task. Completing the nearly 3,000-mile trek from Washington D.C. to San Francisco on a bicycle is an undertaking even the most devoted of athletes would find difficult to fathom. Yet ten students from MIT and Harvard have embarked upon that very mission and, this week, they will make a special stop in Hazard at the Challenger Learning Center.
The students are part of the Spokes America 2016 project, which was developed to encourage deeper thinking surrounding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. As the bikers journey across country, they will stop at participating schools, libraries and camps to hold learning festivals, where attendees have the opportunity to engage in hands-on STEM related classes that are taught by representatives from two of the world’s top educational institutions.
Middle school and high school students in the Perry County area will have two chances to experience engineering workshops at the Spokes America 2016 Learning Festival. The workshops will be held Thursday, June 16 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Friday, June 17 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky, which is located on the campus of Hazard Community College. The workshops are free to attend.
Space is still available for interested youths in the Perry County area to attend. Search Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky on Facebook to register for the Spokes America workshops or to find more information about the many programs the Challenger Center offers throughout the year, including the fun and educational summer camps in June and July. More information about the Spokes America 2016 adventure can be found on spokesamerica.com.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.