What does Spokes offer that's different from what students already learn in high school? High school is incredibly important to lay a strong foundation, and all of us agree we wouldn't be where we are without the dedicated support from our high school teachers. But too often students ask, why does this matter?
Coming to MIT, one of the biggest differences from high school we noticed was the emphasis hands-on learning and application to real-world problems. In our workshops, we combine these two aspects to show what a future in STEM might involve. Our workshops show techniques and teach concepts that are used by people in research and in the industry, including some topics taught in our freshmen year! Our hope is that our workshops show students why STEM does matter and inspire them to investigate topics that matter, find answers to questions that matter, and build solutions to problems that matter.