Learning to challenge assumptions

April 15, 2019

HAMLET – Sophia Hutson has a thing for robots, and wants to be a detective when she grows up.

When she attends a special tech event for talented youngsters this summer, the Kingsford Heights Elementary fourth-grader hopes to learn more about both.

Hutson, a resident of Hamlet, will join outstanding elementary school students from across the state to take part in an academic and career-oriented development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM, taking place in Chicago.

NYLF Pathways to STEM is one of the Envision family of programs (envisionexperience.com) that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom, Amanda Freitag Thomas, SVP for Envision, said.

Sophia was nominated to attend the forum by her third grade teacher at KH Elementary, where she participates in various events conducted by the KH Tech Club, including robotics, 3D printing, and Code.org/Bitbox.

In addition to participating in tech club events, Sophia is also passionate about sports – she plays basketball and soccer in her leisure time – and also enjoys the game of chess. With dreams of being a detective, she is looking forward to gaining some hands-on crime-solving skills as part of the experience that the forum provides.

“As an alumna of Envision myself, I am excited for Sophia Hutson to meet, work, and collaborate with fellow high-aspiring students from other cities and schools,” Thomas said.

“Hands down, my favorite part of attending an Envision program was being with motivated students in an environment designed to help us challenge our assumptions, meet new people, and grow. Creating that same learning environment is a central focus for all of our programs,” she said.

“At NYLF Pathways to STEM, students build the confidence and skills needed to excel in the classroom while gaining exposure to STEM fields and concepts. They learn how to adapt to and communicate in new situations, to new challenges, and with new people, which, given how rapidly the world is changing due to technology and innovation, are essential skills for success.”

Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries, with programs designed to help students develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape, Thomas said.

—From staff reports