Institute for Curious Youth

The first ever Institute for Curious Youth (ICY) was held at Washington County Community College (WCCC) during the last week of school.  More than 30 students from Indian Township, Pleasant Point, Perry, Pembroke, and Whiting took part in the five-day event. Students participated in hands-on activities focused on sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Some of the activities included innovation engineering with Angela Marcolini from the Foster Center for Student Innovation from the University of Maine in Orono; design and function of wind blades with Peter Zack from Maine Energy Education Program; “Rockets to the Rescue” with Jen Lobley from Cooperative Extension; Kyle Pepperman from the Downeast Institute shared his knowledge of ocean plants and animals and the work that is occurring at the Institute; Lee Rose from Axiom Technologies and Bill Cody of (WCCC) introduced the students to some of the career opportunities that are available in computer sciences and programming; Sep Altvater, Director of Pleasant Point Public Works and Sarah Woog, Math Coach at Indian Township School taught the students about tessellations and positive and negative space; and Dr. Tora Johnson from the University of Maine at Machias engaged students in activities on the computers teaching them about Global Positioning Systems. 

There were also sessions focusing on post-secondary opportunities and possible career opportunities for students.  Jeff Monroe from Maine Maritime Academy and Chris Shorette from the University of Maine at Orono gave students a lot to consider as they move into high school and consider their options for the future.  Rob Gordon from the Admissions Office at WCCC gave students a tour of the campus and shared his experiences of the admissions process with students.  


The Institute for Curious Youth received generous funding from a component fund of the Maine Community Foundation and Sunrise County Economic Council.  In addition, the presenters were incredibly generous with their time and offerings to the students.  The staffers at ICY also wish to express tremendous gratitude to the staff at WCCC for the use of their buildings and grounds, for all of the assistance that was provided, and for making the students and teachers feel incredibly welcome.