Dorch­ester STEAM stu­dents spend a day in An­napo­lis

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AN­NAPO­LIS — Dorch­ester County Pub­lic Schools S.T.E.A.M. (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing, Art, Math­e­mat­ics) af­ter-school es­say con­test win­ners en­joyed a spe­cial visit to the Mary­land Gen­eral As­sem­bly with Del­e­gate Sheree Sam­ple-Hughes on Fri­day, March 23.

Fif­teen S.T.E.A.M. stu­dents wrote es­says on the sub­ject “If I Were A Mary­land Del­e­gate for A Day, What Would Mary­lan­der’s Hear Me Say About the Im­por­tance of Keep­ing Af­ter-school Pro­grams in My Neigh­bor­hood” to earn a visit with Sam­pleHughes, take a tour of the State House, ob­serve a ses­sion in the Gallery, and put what they learned into prac­tice.

Dur­ing their visit to the Gallery, they were in­tro­duced by Sam­ple-Hughes and rec­og­nized by the Speaker of the House Michael Bush from Dis­trict 30A in Anne Arun­del County.

Next was lunch with the Sam­ple-Hughes in one of the many meet­ing rooms within the House of Del­e­gates where she and her East­ern Shore in­tern, Schyler Sam­ple helped to fa­cil­i­tate a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion for the stu­dents. This was cer­tainly a treat as they learned more about gov­ern­ment and the im­por­tance of how to ex­press and ar­tic­u­late their voice through­out the leg­isla­tive process.

In prepa­ra­tion for this ex­cur­sion and an ex­ten­sion of cel­e­brat­ing Na­tional Women’s His­tory Month, each par­tic­i­pant was pleased to learn that Sam­ple-Hughes is the first African-Amer­i­can fe­male to hold this po­si­tion to rep­re­sent her dis­trict.

“It was a plea­sure and de­light to be able to pro­vide this unique op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents who oth­er­wise may not have been af­forded this op­por­tu­nity,” said 21st Cen­tury Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Cen­ter Pro­gram Man­ager Ter­rell Sam­ple. “It has been, and con­tin­ues to be, my mis­sion to ‘as­pire to in­spire.’ Cer­tainly this came to fruition as each STEAMer par­tic­i­pated with self-gov­er­nance, pas­sion, strong com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and con­fi­dence.”

Stu­dents were also ac­com­pa­nied on the trip by S.T.E.A.M. staff Priscilla Kramer, Marissa Ta­lerico, Cyn­thia Collins, and Lisa High.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Dream with S.T.E.A.M. Af­ter-school Pro­gram, please con­tact Ter­rell Sam­ple, at sam­plet@dcpsmd.org, www. dreamwith­steam.com, or at (410) 228-4747 ext. 1038.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Fif­teen DCPS STEAM af­ter-school pro­gram stu­dents spent the day in An­napo­lis with Del­e­gate Sheree Sam­ple-Hughes.

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