Ag-Discovery and AgriTREK/SciTREK
The Tuskegee University (TU) Ag-Discovery and AgriTREK/SciTREK Summer Enrichment Programs, held June 9-23, 2012, were held in conjunction as a comprehensive 2-week summer outreach experience in agricultural and related sciences that allowed a total of 44 youth - 10 females and 6 males aged 14-17 years for Ag-Discovery (16; 7 states), 8 females and 10 males representing grades 9th -12th for AgriTREK (18; seven states) and 4 females and 6 males representing grades 9th – 12th grades for SciTREK (10; two states) - to gain valuable educational and career information through leadership training and experiential learning.
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At Tuskegee University, the College of Engineering, offers summer pre-college programs – MITE (Mentoring Into Engineering) and FASTREC (Freshman Accelerated Start-Up Training and Retention Engineering Curricula) to high school students completing 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, respectively, to prepare and motivate them to choose and enter college programs in engineering. MITE is offered to high school students completing 10th and 11th grades. FASTREC is offered to students who have graduated from high school. These programs have been ongoing for over forty years. Our goal this past summer has always addressed the need to increase the pool of historically under-represented, under-served, students who will be prepared to enter and complete post-secondary studies in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology, thus creating a diverse and globally competitive workforce.
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MSP/SECME Student Design Workshop
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Tuskegee University and Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME) continues to focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for youth. On Saturday, April 21, 2012, SECME held a mousetrap car design workshop at the Tuskegee University - “Chappie James Arena and Russell Nursery. Nearly 100 middle school students, from for of the Alabama Black Belt Region (Dallas, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery) and over 30 Tuskegee University MSP staff members, MSP teachers, SECME staff and Tuskegee University student volunteers were in attendance.
Science and Technology Open House
The 3rd Annual Science & Technology Open House was held on Friday, April 13 - Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Tuskegee University. The Open House took place in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center auditorium with 247 participants from across Alabama. Themed: "Celebrating Creativity and Innovation through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM),” the open house covered topics such as nanotechnology, space, mechanical and electrical energy. It featured a seminar on graduate education, poster presentations, hand-on demonstrations and networking.
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