We live in a community founded on the spirit of ingenuity, creativity and achievement.
From John Lindsey’s 8-wheeled wagon, which transformed the lumber industry in 1899; to the 1926 invention of “Masonite” created from lumber waste; we have long been home to some of the most innovative minds in the country.
And we still are today! Of the 25 top employers in Jones County, only 7 are not related to the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Our goal, then, is to see this trend continue and to give the youth of Laurel and Jones County the tools they need to make it happen.
“In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” (National Science Foundation)
STEM Discoveries Founder and Director of Operations, Dr. Mary E. Moore, received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi in polymer science and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Tuskegee University.
She has held engineering roles within the aviation manufacturing industry, Department of Defense, and several academic institutions. She has received several patent awards from the Department of Defense in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
As a native of Laurel, she witnessed and observed first-hand the lack of exposure to STEM in minority communities and within underrepresented groups. It has been her long-time dream to work with the youth and adults in her hometown community to increase STEM literacy.
Dr. Mary believes that “when young people learn that they can experiment with and master STEM subjects, a new world opens up before them. Our goal is to not only help them to gain personal confidence in these subjects, but to build the critical and analytical skills they need to succeed throughout their lives.”
Through Summer STEM Camps (registration open now!), Preschool Science & Fiction Programs, Classroom Workshops, Enrichment Programs, and STEM Birthday Parties – STEM Discoveries is working to make that goal a reality for the youth of Laurel and Jones County.
In June 2017 they will open a new home for STEM education, enrichment and fun at 910 Sawmill Rd, Suite G2 inside of the Sawmill Square Mall.
Sign up now to receive updates or register for a Summer STEM Camp today!