FALL RIVER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Lunch these days is a rather busy time for some of the students in the Atlantis Charter School STEM program. They're doing brisk business, running a store of their own and selling their custom designed 3D-printed toys and baubles to the rest of the school.
"Especially the younger students in middle school, all the little fidget toys and things that we're selling...they mob us when it comes to lunch time," said Jared Booker, a STEM program instructor at the school.
Junior Miguel Mendoza said it's been a satisfying run so far: "It feel great, honestly, to see results coming from the fruits of your labor. Feels fantastic, and it's really motivating to keep doing more," he said.
Part of the advantage of the program is that it's giving the younger middle school students a taste of what they could do with STEM later on in their academic careers.
"As the middle schoolers see our store and see some of the stuff that we're manufacturing, they're gaining more interest, in not only what we're doing and just the products, but...potentially entering into the STEM program once they enter high school," said Career Academy Director Robert Perry.
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