What could interest middle schoolers more than combining technology, animals and other science?
Students from East Wake Middle School, Zebulon Middle School and Wendell Middle School have a chance to learn about future career options through Students Discover Academy this summer.
Aimed at rising East Wake High School or Knightdale High School 9th graders, the program’s goal is to expose students to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers.
Participating students will work alongside scientists on current research projects at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and interact with professionals all while participating in relevant field experience.
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The program also includes tours of Wake County colleges and universities.
The Wake County Public Schools System parterned with the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, N.C. State University, Kenan Fellows, and The Science House to provide the free program, adding lunch and transportation for no extra cost.
There are four components to the program:
▪ Summer STEM Academy: a three-week summer program from Tuesday through Friday, July 7-24 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students will learn through citizen science modules that are connected to the N.C. Standard Course of Study.
▪ Saturday Academy: six Saturday sessions will be held to further engage students with scientists and for the students to see the link colleges and universities play in their career choices.
▪ Mentoring: Mentors working in STEM fields will be assigned to meet with students once a month one-on-one throughout the school year, focusing on attendance, excellent behavior and consistent study habits as well as exposing students to careers and pathways they may not have known existed.
▪ Parent/Guardian Sessions: Parent sessions will be held over the course of the Students Discover Academy and Saturday Academy programs. Parents will learn about the experiences their students are having during the summer and six Saturdays and meet local scientists and college representatives.