The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists exists for the passionate STEM high school students. The goal is to give these students the best opportunities and experiences to inspire them. To achieve this goal, the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders was organized. Here, the top STEM students learn from award-winning scientists. In this article, one delegate’s family member shares their memorable experience at the Congress.
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The Nephew and Aunt Tandem
Mary Dennehy accompanied a Delegate, her nephew, to the Congress. At the Congress, parents and family members are encouraged to attend along with their Delegate. While they sit in separate sections, family members attend without cost on a space-available basis.
In our chat with her, she shared with us the impact that the event had on her nephew. He was one of the top students invited to be a Congress delegate.
Mary’s nephew is the son of her brother who passed away more than 10 years ago. He lives in a small town in Vermont with his mother and step-family. Even after the passing of her brother, Mary remained close to her nephew.
The Invitation to The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Congress
Mary shared, “[My nephew] does not have many opportunities to explore and broaden his interests.” So when he received his invitation to the Congress, he asked his aunt to go with him.
At first, Mary was skeptical about her nephew joining the event. “But I let him make the decision,” she said. As it turned out, she discovered that “it was one of the best decisions he made.”
The Congress Experience
Before the Congress, Mary’s nephew felt “extremely nervous” about attending. So imagine her surprise when after spending five minutes at the event, he was “totally at ease.” He was very much at home with his fellow SciTechLeaders Delegates.
Mary told us, “The activities and energy that were created were fantastic. They had the right balance. And the speakers were phenomenal! Listening to them tell their journeys was inspirational for both of us.”
Mary’s nephew dreams to become an astrophysicist. And he will be the first member of his family to attend college. Upon leaving the Congress, Mary was certain on one thing. She said, “I know his participation had a great impact on his confidence. And I can’t thank [the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists] enough!”
At the Congress, we give delegates and their families the opportunity to learn at the same time. Watch this video from SciTechLeaders for a parent and educator’s take on the event:
The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists is more than an organization for students. Through the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, parents and family members are also inspired. It is a great way for all participants to learn new things together. This way, we are building a community that understands the value of STEM fields in the society. Most of all, we are raising up future leaders in these fields through the best way that we can.
What’s the best thing about learning something new with your parents or family? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!