The Lehigh Carbon Community College SHINE Afterschool program is going on the road.
Ten middle school students, who currently participate in the SHINE Career Academy, will be performing Wednesday evening at a reception for a state and national conference, held at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College. The students who have been chosen are from Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Panther Valley and Weatherly school districts.
Jeanne Miller, director of SHINE, said that this opportunity is one the students will remember for the rest of their lives.
"We are very honored that they asked our kids," she said, noting that this group is the sole entertainment for the evening. "They have been working very hard on this and are very excited. It's a wonderful opportunity that exposes them to a college university and connects them with the engineering projects they are doing here at SHINE."
She explained that the students will be performing a play entitled "The Inventive Inn," which showcases a number of scientists throughout the centuries and how science plays a role in everyday life.
At the end, the students will perform a song entitled "The Scientific Method," which outlines how to identify a problem and go through the steps to investigate it and reach a conclusion.
The play and song were made possible through the help of director Ben Peruso, theatre arts adjunct professor at LCCC; and music director Byrd Pressley.
In addition to performing, the students will visit the Learning Factory to learn about engineering projects, much like they have worked on while in the SHINE Career Academy. To date, the students have built hovercrafts, solar cars, learned about molecular gastronomy, robotics, and green energy and alterative fuel sources.
The goal of the program is to incorporate activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) with academics. This helps teach the students about careers of the future; as well as how academics play a role in these careers.