The Engineering, Design, and Innovation Fellows are using their creative juices to help the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia.
Part of Norfolk Academy's Batten Leadership Program, the EDI Fellows strive to develop creative responses to infrastructure challenges facing vulnerable populations. As an example of their efforts, during the 2019-20 school year they researched the St. Paul's revitalization project that is ongoing around downtown Norfolk. That work included visiting the project area and hosting a two-hour conversation with radio host Barbara Hamm Lee, a spokeswoman for the revitalization. The knowledge the students gained led them to form their own ways to help the impacted residents.
Recently, the Fellows helped the surrounding Norfolk community in another way.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Virginia and closed many facilities, the Boys and Girls Clubs came up with a creative way to continue their aid for children. They started a video series that they highlighted on their social media outlets. The daily videos covered various topics using catchy titles: Motivational Monday, Transformation Tuesday, Wellness Wednesday, Technology Thursday, and Fitness Friday.
Academy's Literacy Fellows, who have a longstanding partnership with the Clubs, volunteered to make several videos. They offered dance and exercise lessons, and tips on how to tie shoelaces.
EDI Fellows also jumped in to help, offering their insights on technology. The Clubs' June 18 video came from Nicholas '22, who demonstrated how to build an electromagnet — a soft metal core made into a magnet by the passage of electric current through a surrounding coil. Nicholas used just a few items from around his home, like a nail, battery, wiring, duct tape, and paper clips.
The next Technology Thursday featured David '22, who built an air vortex cannon — which releases circular vortices, similar to smoke rings, into the air. David needed little more than a plastic cup, plastic wrap, and tape.
Both videos can be seen on the B&G Clubs of Southeast Virginia YouTube Channel:
Please also view the videos that NA's Literacy Fellows provided for the Clubs.