NMU is hosting a "Reimagine STEM Summer Youth Academy" through June 30 for students who have completed grades 10-12. They will learn creative ways to approach science, technology, engineering and math based on Native American traditions, culture and knowledge. This week features faculty-led activities on campus before the students spend the second week at Camp Nesbitt.
Classes are being held on a rotating basis from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. at NMU through Friday. Potential photo/video opportunities on Tuesday, with room numbers, include birch bark canoe (117/125 Art & Design, morning and afternoon), 3D modeling (65 Art & Design, morning and afternoon), flavonoid in plants (228 New Science Facility, 8:30 and 1 p.m.) and make hoops/dance (Whitman Commons, afternoon). For other days this week, please contact Kristi Evans at 227-1015.
The goals of this academy and an educator institute in July (both funded through a National Science Foundation grant) are to address the lack of inclusivity of American Indian teaching methods within sciences education curricula and the low numbers of American Indian/Alaskan Native female students graduating from four-year universities, specifically within the STEM fields.
Students attend the academy for free and earn college credit.