Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

Sum­mer stu­dent grant ben­e­fits Went­worth

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY - BY HOPE BRIDGE­WA­TER FOR THE AMHERST NEWS

The C@P site sum­mer in­tern this sum­mer in Went­worth has been Isa­iah Gor­don, and he’s mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

Isa­iah works for eight weeks dur­ing July and Au­gust at the C@P site and Com­mu­nity Li­brary at the Went­worth Learn­ing Cen­tre. His main job du­ties in­clude teach­ing tech­nol­ogy lessons to com­mu­nity mem­bers, main­tain­ing the li­brary, and or­ga­niz­ing a weekly pro­gram for chil­dren.

The weekly chil­dren pro­gram is S.T.E.M. re­lated this year. STEM stands for Science, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing, and Math­e­mat­ics. Isa­iah’s ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude build­ing con­trap­tions for an egg drop, de­con­struct­ing/tear­ing apart old tele­vi­sions, build­ing ro­botic Lego, and play­ing video games with marsh­mal­lows, just to name a few.

For tu­tor­ing, Isa­iah of­fers as­sis­tance with scan­ning, In­ter­net and so­cial me­dia use, print­ing, email, and more. He also of­fers sum­mer school tu­tor­ing for chil­dren and as­sists with fax­ing, pho­to­copy­ing, li­brary book bor­row­ing, and other gen­eral li­brary du­ties usual with daily op­er­a­tions.

The C@Psite and Com­mu­nity Li­brary board of directors are very proud of the hard work Isa­iah is putting in dur­ing this sum­mer. He is a very tal­ented in­di­vid­ual and has breathed new life into the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The Learn­ing Cen­tre also has a sum­mer stu­dent, Brooke Brown, who is a tal­ented ju­nior busi­ness de­vel­oper at the cen­tre of­fice five days a week. Isa­iah and Brooke work very well to­gether, and the two im­ple­ment many new wellat­tended pro­grams into the com­mu­nity.

Isa­iah gave me his re­port: “I was born De­cem­ber 28, 2001. Dur­ing the school year, I’m en­rolled at Hal­i­fax West High School. This sum­mer I’m stay­ing with my grand­par­ents in Mid­dle­boro and have a sum­mer job at the Went­worth Com­mu­nity Li­brary and C@P site. My job in­volves IT work, com­puter lit­er­acy and pro­vid­ing dig­i­tal as­sis­tance to peo­ple who need help with a wide range of tasks from set­ting up their new com­puter to send­ing an email. I am pas­sion­ate about tech­nol­ogy, and I am able to share this pas­sion with the chil­dren at the Went­worth Learn­ing Cen­tre’s STEM Camp this sum­mer. The chil­dren work on projects in­volv­ing science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math. I make sure that they un­der­stand what they are do­ing has real-world ap­pli­ca­tions. We build rock­ets, bridges, ro­bots and more. I hope that this pro­gram is able to get the chil­dren think­ing about STEM and what it might mean to them in their fu­tures.”

CON­TRIBUTED PHO­TOS

Code Mo­bile is ba­si­cally a com­puter lab on wheels which crosses the coun­try teach­ing chil­dren about tech­nol­ogy in com­mu­ni­ties.

El­lie Tat­trie, Ella Mur­phy, Emily Mowatt, Katie Bail­lie, Ge­or­gia Price and Ad­di­enna Adams get ready to tear apart an old printer/scan­ner to dis­cover what is in­side.

Tal­ented Isa­iah Gor­don, sum­mer stu­dent in­tern, teaches tech­nol­ogy lessons to com­mu­nity mem­bers, main­tains the com­mu­nity li­brary, and or­ga­nizes a weekly STEM pro­gram for chil­dren.

Noah Langille plays Su­per Mario us­ing a marsh­mal­low and a kitchen sponge as a con­troller.

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