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 Summer Institute
The 39th Annual SECME Summer Institute was held at the University of Alabama, from June 21-27, 2015. The seven-day K-12 STEM Institute Experience was attended by 130 educators from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Missouri, Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. Of the 130 educators, there were 42 teachers, 5 school administrators, and 9 undergraduate scholars of the Alabama Black Belt partnership. These individuals are sponsored by the Tuskegee University MSP NanoBio Science in Partnership for the Alabama Black Belt Region.
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Science and Technology Open House
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The Annual Science & Technology Open House was held on Friday, January 30 - Saturday, January 31, 2015. Researchers, college students, and lawmakers from around Alabama devoted that weekend to showing off the fun part of science and technology. Hosted by the university, the annual Science and Technology Open House shared the latest in cutting edge research, education and outreach initiatives with school children, college students and their teachers.
The two-day event, held at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, included several aspects including a research presentation competition for Alabama college students and hands-on science projects for middle school children. On Saturday morning, local lawmakers and a renowned inventor spoke to the participants about the importance of coming to events like the open house and getting a head start on learning more about science and technology. During their greetings, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, and alumna and Alabama House Rep. Pebblin Warren, urged the young people in attendance to dream big and to use their knowledge to defy any boundaries. This year, Lonnie G. Johnson, alumnus and inventor of the Super Soaker water gun and several Nerf toy products, wowed the crowd by showing how far the basic principles of science and math can go.