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STEAM Box Alumni
Mayra Fermin

Mayra Fermin

Contributions to STEAM Box: Mayra was the catalyst of a crucial evolutionary moment for STEAM Box. She was a reluctant leader at STEAM Box with her peers. Unlike them, she had not found her passion there. She was only coming because those friends were leading the STEAM Box engineering programs. This was an extraordinary challenge for STEAM Box. How could we proceed with programs while engaging every student possible? We discovered one of Mayra’s passions… poetry. Mayra then went on to design a new program that continues today, Media Journalism. A teacher, Matt Sciotti, joined STEAM box to help Mayra and her team develop a curriculum and a website to host her poetry, and the writings of her peers. Every year, a student has received a scholarship for their work in this program, as the website changes every year to reflect the passions of its leaders. Mayra founded the website, and was the first recipient of this scholarship. Graduation and Beyond: Mayra graduated from Classical High School in 2011. She has recently graduated from the University of RI. She currently leads a dance troop while practicing for the exam to acquire her license in nursing. She looks back on her time with STEAM Box and fondly recalls working on writing with Matthew Sciotti and having fun with her...
John Eunis

John Eunis

Impact on STEAM Box: John Eunis joined STEAM Box as a 10th grader at the MET. His Adviser was worried that his community distractions would lead him to drop out of high school. John immediately had strong participation with STEAM Box, working on our maker projects like Solar powered chargers, and chemical engineering designs. By the time John reached his senior year, he was a model student at the MET High School. He had also become a leader of our STEAM Box programming. John partnered STEAM Box with the Seagrave Observatory where he had been a member. Leading into the visit, John led a program with our youth where they each made their own personal telescopes (He recalls this as one of his favorite memories at STEAM Box). John had previously amazed us by creating a fully functioning radio out of a tissue box and TP rolls. Continuing with the space themes though, John worked hard to lead a STEAM Box group to create a device they would try to send to space. John and co. tested equipment at Brown University, consulted with our local weather-woman from NBC, cleared the project with US Air Force General Marcus Jannitto, and earned the attention of famous clothing designer, Mark Ecko. Mark Ecko outfitted the group with $1200 worth of clothes for the big launch day. The day came for John to launch the device. The launch was successful as the device went straight up to space. Unfortunately, the GPS onboard malfunctioned. These students had lost their year long project somewhere above the Earth’s orbit. John and his team would not be...
Ada De La Cruz

Ada De La Cruz

Impact on STEAM Box: During the early years, as STEAM Box began to develop at Inspiring Minds in Providence, Ada was eager to embrace learning through technology. She participated in a few of our programs, but she was instrumental on our first student advisory board. She reinvented our English Learners program by leading our hiring committee and bringing on a new instructor with very little experience. She and the advisory board chose correctly as the new instructor, Nicole Guzman and the other students redesigned the Rosetta Stone based program. They mixed in a number of hands-on opportunities as a companion to the current offering. When asked about her experience at STEAM Box, she pointed at several moments like the English Learning and working in teams with new people. She also humbly points out: “I’m very grateful for every moment of it.” Graduation and beyond: Ada graduated from Central High School in 2012 She currently uses her STEAM skills as a phlebotomist at Roger Williams...
Mozart Louis

Mozart Louis

Impact on STEAM Box: When STEAM Box moved its flagship school to Alvarez High School, Mozart did not let that stop him. He used his bus pass to come across town everyday to continue participation after-school. After learning to program mobile applications with STEAM Box, Mozart spent his senior year with his Media Team completely redesigning the STEAM Box website and mobile app. Mozart brought great partners to STEAM Box by designing applications with RIPTA and RIDOT in 2014. To accomplish these tasks for Android, Windows, and I-devices, Mozart (with STEAM Box programmer Tyrell Gales) created his own Hackintosh computer at STEAM Box. This machine ran both Apple and Windows operating Systems. His partnership with the RI Department of Transportation had him lead STEAM Box in development of a Drive Safe mobile application that redirects your calls and text messages when you are driving a moving vehicle. He also helped us program our first sick arcade cabinet. Graduation and Beyond: Mozart graduated in 2013 and was awarded a scholarship to Wentworth. STEAM Box offered him the Hackintosh that he built for his journey. He was immediately recruited by major Technology companies like the Media Mogul, PLEX, and by...