The Chase Stem Academy Lego League, the highest rated TPS team, just placed 5th in a regional competition. Tyler Huff is a member. He tells 13 ABC,
"when I first heard of it I thought it was just going to be a bunch of people playing legos ...and I wasn't interested...in that but I wanted to get into ymoe and our principal was like you have to be in one extra curricular activity to be in ymoe so I said I would try it"
YMOE stands for Young Men of Excellence. It's a peer to peer mentoring group.
Who knew that Tyler Huff's quest to become a member, would lead him to change his mind about legos and himself. He tells 13 ABC,
"I learned that no matter who you are you can do whatever you want cause me...I didn't think I was that smart."
Now this 8th grader is acing his science tests.
Owens Corning is a part of Tyler's success. Lamar Anderson is a manager and a mentor for the Lego League. He tells 13 ABC,
"we looked for opportunities to get students engaged in science technology engineering and math."
"you can see the impact it has on the kids in getting them to realize what's possible in an area they may not have had an interest before but it has sparked a passion and strong interest.'
The principal of Chase Stem Academy says the "spark" doesn't end there. Jack Hunter tells 13 ABC,
"we are seeing students in grades 4-8th are now eager to learn computer programming ...
"we've seen tremendous growth in student achievement."
Anderson says this is proof community engagement is vital in student success.
"I would encourage the community to seek out ways to get involved it doesn't take much to make an impact on someone's life."