Four groups of middle school students, who are tribal members of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, visited the ASMS campus during the summer to learn about the school and conduct science experiments, including launching model rockets, building robots, and working the ASMS Optics Lab.
These visits are part of a larger initiative to inform middle school students across Alabama about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. ASMS has hosted similar visits for middle school students throughout the school year. During these events, ASMS student Ambassadors conduct tours, lead teaching demonstrations, and answer questions about the school.
“The Poarch Creeks and the Alabama School of Math and Science share something very important in common: We both want to improve the state of Alabama,” said ASMS School Board and Foundation Board member Ann Smith Bedsole during welcoming remarks to the visitors.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians tribe is the only Federally recognized tribe in the state of Alabama. There are more than 3,000 members of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama, of which more than 1,000 live in and around Poarch, Ala., which is roughly 60 miles north of Mobile. The tribe is also building the OWA amusement park in Foley, Ala.
ASMS alumna Destini Bethea, who graduated in 2008, works as an Indian Education Resource Coordinator at Escambia Academy and served as a chaperone.
“I was excited for our students to see the ASMS campus,” she said. “ASMS is an incredible opportunity, and I hope my students will be inspired by this visit. I hope they will understand how the opportunities this school opens can transform a person’s life.”
ASMS hopes to continually seek partnership opportunities with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and other organizations who seek to forward STEM education initiatives in Alabama.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians will hold a Pow Wow in the ASMS Auditorium Friday, Sept. 15, at 7:00 p.m. Students, parents, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.