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Stadium Drive gets new hands-on early genius event
May 23, 2018

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On Thursday and Friday last week, a new program was introduced at Stadium Drive Elementary School. A new hands-on experience called Early Genius K-4 STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) program was held at the school, which proved to be a huge success.

Ken Timmings with KTSDI, a North Lima engineering company that services the heavy truck industry, was instrumental in organizing this first-time effort. More than 22 companies were represented by volunteers from manufacturing businesses, STEM program providers, and others interested in math and science took part in this interactive experience for elementary students from Kindergarten through fourth grade.

Timmings, whose son Ryan is in the third grade at Stadium, spoke with building officials about hosting events to get kids interested in STEM fields

"In the U.S. we try to catch kids before they reach high school," Timmings said. "In Europe, they get kids involved in STEM at an early age."

Timmings works as manager for KTSDI LLC out of North Lima. He said the company regularly has STEM classes as part of the Mahoning Valley Manufacturing Coalition, which made it easy for him to set up the two-day event at Stadium. He felt that starting with kindergarteners, the seed could be planted to gain interest in STEM careers.

"As a member of the Mahoning Valley Manufacturing Coalition, I think the interest and opportunity that exists must be presented earlier," he said.

Among some of the groups represented at the Early Genius STEM Event was Wow Science Center, YSU, MCCTC's Mobile Lab, and robotics and chemistry demonstrations.

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