Gannon University’s Feeding Minds and Families program delivered 80 S.T.E.M. kits to
Strong Vincent Middle School/GO College and East Middle School on Friday, Oct. 23 to be distributed to students
this week as part of an initiative to engage them in S.T.E.M. fields through hands-on learning.
The kits were designed around the theme, “Make it Move,” and feature engineering and science activities around
movement. Students will receive supplies to build a mousetrap car, a stomp rocket and a prosthetic hand. They will
also receive informational resources to learn about bodily movement.
The kits are additionally intended to introduce students and their families to local S.T.E.M. experts, including Davide
Piovesan, Ph.D., chair of the biomedical engineering program at Gannon.
Quyen Aoh, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Gannon and founder of Feeding Minds and Families, said the
kits will give students a way to have fun with S.T.E.M. outside of traditional academics.
“Especially now when most academic learning is virtual, we wanted to provide something hands-on,” Aoh said. “In
our experience, we have found that kids at these ages (11-14) are naturally curious and love to tinker. But doing
S.T.E.M. for fun sometimes require a little instruction and supplies that aren’t necessarily what you would have just
The kits were assembled by Aoh and her Feeding Minds and Families team members including Andrew Sipple, an
AmeriCorp VISTA with Lake Effect Leaders, and Maile Chang, a senior biology and secondary education student and
research assistant at Gannon.
Their efforts also garnered support from Gannon University’s Robotics Development, or GUBotDev, including Nick
Devine, Gannon lab engineer, and Christopher Devine, a mechanical engineering student and graduate assistant at
Gannon, who helped in designing and assembling the kits, as well as delivering the kits to schools using their Mobile
GUBotDev is a group that supports S.T.E.M.-related projects, outreach and research both within Gannon and the
Erie community. Christopher Devine said his group has always been happy to support S.T.E.M. outreach to the Erie
community by partnering with groups like Feeding Minds and GO College.
“Our group has had the opportunity to work on some fantastic projects, so we are always willing to turn around and
use some of the resources we have gathered along the way to support our local schools,” Devine said. “All of the
members of our group were inspired to be in the S.T.E.M. field at some point growing up, so if we can inspire any of
these students with our 3D printers, drones, or these fun S.T.E.M. activity kits, we are happy and proud to do so.”