United States Treasurer Rosie Rios spent time with students in the Slater Middle School SmartLab in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Ms. Rios is passionate about inspiring kids, especially young girls, to pursue an interest in math and science. While inspiring students, Ms. Rios was herself inspired by the achievements of Slater students in the SmartLab.
We are grateful to Ms. Rios for making it a priority to meet and encourage young learners. Instilling a passion for math and science is a difficult, but critical, task. In the SmartLab, we support math and science through applied technology and project-based learning. We infuse technology, including digital art and multimedia to connect with learners that might not naturally gravitate to those areas.
While we work hard every day to engage learners in STEM and other academic pursuits, there is no substitute for role models like Ms. Rios to inspire young learners.