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Diving Into STEM

The final project of the year for one of Beaumont ISD’s newest mentoring programs made a definite splash with all who participated. LIFT (Leaders Inspiring the Faces of Tomorrow) ended the 2023-24 school year with a thrilling trip to the Beaumont ISD Natatorium where students had the opportunity to test underwater robots they built. 

Beaumont ISD partnered with the 100 Black Men of Greater Beaumont and ExxonMobil to launch the LIFT Mentoring Program in January 2024. Made possible by a generous grant from ExxonMobil-Beaumont, this innovative pilot initiative aims to inspire and empower 6th-grade students (25 from King Middle School and 25 from Pietzsch-MacArthur PreK-8th Grade Center) to explore the lively world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) through mentorship and hands-on activities. Daniel Williams, President of the 100 Black Men of Greater Beaumont and Lead Instructor for the LIFT Program, shared that his organization was excited to partner with Beaumont ISD students, noting that mentorship was important in empowering the next generation of STEM leaders.

Under the guidance of volunteers from the 100 Black Men of Greater Beaumont, the LIFT students' end-of-year assignment was to construct six SeaPerch STEM Robots. Led by BISD STEM Director LaChandra Cobb-Eaglin, all six robots operated flawlessly underwater, showcasing the students' hard work, dedication, and newfound skills. Angel Landry, a King student, expressed his gratitude for the program, saying he enjoyed the activities and field trips.

Since its launch, LIFT students have met weekly with their mentors, immersing themselves in various activities designed to foster their curiosity and passion for STEM fields. Additionally, they participated in enriching field trips, including a visit to NASA in Houston, to broaden their understanding of STEM and potential careers in these fields.

Programs like LIFT can have a dramatic impact on students and communities. Beaumont ISD is committed to preparing the next generation by equipping students with the skills and opportunities they need to succeed in an ever-changing world.