Frankie Woods McCullough Academy serves students in grades PreK-5 and offers STEM Scouts Program, introducing students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics supported by The Links, INC. Northern Indiana Chapter.
- Earned an “A” on Accountability Report Card from Indiana Department of Education
- Won $80,000 in cash and prizes in national Samsung-sponsored “Solve for Tomorrow” contest
- Appeared on national television with Al Roker on Good Morning America, where their STEM-based community gardening project success was discussed
- Supported by universities, various community churches, sororities and community partnerships
- Extra Curricula Activities: Student Council, McCullough Step Team, Basketball, Cheerleaders, McCullough Praise Dancer, McCullough Dance Team and Girl Scouts
In 2021, The Boy Scouts of America honored Link Cynthia Powers for being the Founder of our STEM program at Frankie Woods McCollough. For the past six years, Northern Indiana (IN) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated Services to Youth Facet has partnered with The Boy Scouts of America to offer this unparalleled opportunity to Gary’s youth. In the program’s initial year two elementary schools, McCullough Academy (MA) for Girls and Watson Academy for Boys participated in the program. These schools were selected based on the student demographics. The STEM program currently continues at Frankie Woods McCollough Academy. The Boy Scouts organization provides the STEM curriculum and supplies to carry out the hands-on experiments. Chapter members served as lab assistants, prepared supplies, assisted students analyze problems and instructions to complete experiments.
The most outstanding feature of the program was the excellent curricular and extensive planning hat was provided by the Boys Scouts. Lessons included supplies to undertake the experiments that would have been extremely difficult to obtain. Supplies included drones, chemicals, and other extensive equipment which the school would not have the financial resources to provide. Exposing the students to the availability of these items broadens their exposure and encourages them to pursue additional studies where they can learn more complicated STEM concepts to support their career goals.