CSU, Chico News

STEM Academy Aims to Attract Young Students to Science and Math Fields

Date: 04-20-2016

Joe Wills
Diana Parra-Villaseñor
Educational Talent Search/MESA Schools Program

California State University, Chico’s Latinos in Technical Careers, TRIO Educational Talent Search and MESA Schools Program will hold their annual STEM Academy for sixth through ninth grade participants on Saturday, April 23, in the O’Connell Technology Center on campus from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The event will expose students from 20 local schools to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields through hands-on, interactive workshops presented to motivate them to attend college and pursue a STEM career.

The STEM Academy is an opportunity to get young minds both excited about a variety of technical disciplines and to begin to consider the value of higher education.

The students that participate in the STEM Academy are low-income, first-generation college students.

Latinos in Technical Careers is the CSU, Chico chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. The STEM Academy is an event that the chapter has put on annually for more than 25 years.

Educational Talent Search is a federally funded, national TRIO program that is committed to preparing and motivating low-income, first generation junior high and high school students for success in postsecondary education.

The MESA (Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement) Schools Program is an academic preparation and math/science enrichment program that partners with schools to provide educationally disadvantaged students with a variety of innovative services and opportunities.