Sep'16

Father starts STEM Scouting program in Danbury


by STEM Scouts



Photo: H John Voorhees III / Hearst Connecticut Media

Gary Prybylski Sr., a Connecticut father with a background in science and high hopes for his son, struggled to find a science group for his now 9-year-old son after he asked to join one.

Prybylski then discovered the Hartford STEM Scouts and over the next year, he worked closely with local STEM Executive Heather Shepard to bring the program to the neighboring city of Danbury.

In an interview with News-Times, Prybylski accredited his background in science for his motivation to create a Lab for his son.

“‘I’m a father that has a son that wants to be a scientist, and I want to share my background with my son and boys and girls his age,’ he said…

‘After talking with him I could just really tell that he wanted this for his son,’ Shepard said. ‘You could just hear it in his voice how enthusiastic and eager he was to get this going, and I couldn’t say no.’

The original plan was to have 30 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in the program this year and then add classes for middle- and high-school students. But Prybylski said hundreds of kids may be interested. Everyone he talks to—from parents, to school administrators, to people he meets on the street—is excited about the program.”

This article originally ran in the News-Times and you can read it in its entirety here.

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