Students, of course, are the central focus of the project. The goals of the e-START are to encourage more students, especially Hispanic students and students from other under represented populations, to enter STEM career pathways. Several activities address this goal.
- Promotion of science clubs
The goal is to have active science clubs at each campus that provide exciting opportunities for students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Although the structure of the clubs at each campus is unique, designed to meet the needs of the particular student population at that campus, they will share opportunities with students across the campuses. By 2016, there will be a minimum of 50 students in the science clubs.
- Create and charter a Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Chapter (SHPE)
Belonging to a SHPE chapter opens many opportunities for students aspiring to a career in engineering. It was selected based on its emphasis on improving the quality of education to prepare Hispanic students to become engineers and scientists.
- Encourage students to participate in NASA programs.
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- Summer Bridge Program
Research shows that, while available opportunities in STEM careers are growing, student interest in and understanding of these careers is decreasing, due in large part to a gap in knowledge about them (Michigan Technological University Pre-College Outreach Program, February 2011). College outreach programs activities, serve as an example of a way to combat this trend by providing students with hands-on opportunities to learn more about science and math in a setting that is more casual than a traditional classroom.
Each summer of the program, students from high schools in the college’s service area will be invited to participate in one or more summer programs designed to help them understand and encourage them to enter academic pathways to STEM careers.