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As 100+ scholars poured into Epiphany, ready for B-SAFE, I remember being fearful that I could not contain all the energy, that the future lesson plans would end in disaster.

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This fear came from my lack of experience in such an environment, and yet, the scholars proved me wrong. With some support and attention, their final projects for STEM, a Rube Goldberg machine, turned out creative and unique. During the closing ceremony, I asked them what their favorite STEM activity was, and many said that it was working on the Rube Goldberg machine. Another student said that STEM had been her favorite academic rotation. I also saw two students using Jenga blocks to create a mini Rube Goldberg machine during their break time. I could not be prouder of them.

These scholars have taught me how to be patient and adaptable; they have taught me more than I could have ever taught them.  

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By Emily Cheng

Emily is a rising sophomore at Princeton University, majoring in Molecular Biology. She helped design and implement the STEM curriculum for LEARN and for YLC at St. Luke’s Church. She aspires to be a physician scientist and is passionate about issues relating to minorities and education. She comes to St. Stephen's through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).