Tuskegee hosts high school students during STEMmED Day

Courtesy of Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University partnered with local educators to encourage local high school students to consider studying science, technology, engineering, or math during Tuskegee University STEMmED Day.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, high school students from Macon County, Notasulga, Bullock County, Montgomery Public Schools, Ramsey High in Birmingham, Auburn, and Loachapoka were exposed to hands-on activities, with demonstrations in math, biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, and agriculture, along with panel discussions on careers in STEM.

The event was sponsored by the NASA Minority University Research and Education Projects Precollege Summer Institutes award to inspire students as they transitioned to college STEM programs. Support also included the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM grant for Promoting Excellence, Retention, Scholarship in STEM (PERSIST), along with Amazon Inc., the U.S. Department of Defense, and Tuskegee University’s Career Services and Office of Admissions.

“This was an exceptional opportunity for high school students and their parents to receive a full view of the opportunities presented by choosing to study different areas of STEM,” said Dr. Courtney Griffin, Tuskegee University’s Director of Admissions. “It brought us great pride to be able to introduce young students to these opportunities as they were trying to sort through their areas of interest and college choices.”

“This partnership is one that I hope made a lasting impression on high schoolers,” said Dr. Lecia Robinson, Assistant Professor of Biology. “Tuskegee University is known for its exceptional STEM programs, and exposing these students at a young age helped provide options that were not overwhelming. I looked forward to watching these young students challenge themselves in this way.”