The Delgado Community College Science Laboratory Technology, Biotechnology program hosted the third annual summer of its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Challenges program. This faculty-driven outreach endeavor was initiated by the Biotechnology faculty in the Math and Science Division, in order to promote 5th-12th grade students' interest in the sciences.
The program is separated into several different modules.
The High School STEM Challenges program is an in-depth, three-week session offering a unique multidisciplinary experience. In this program, students work with Delgado science faculty in the City Park laboratories and apply concepts from physical sciences, chemistry, biology and biotechnology in the investigation of scientific phenomena. The modules allow students to explore, interact and design experiments with experienced faculty in an advanced academic setting. Many of the experiments are designed with variable results so that students learn to interpret the outcomes and draw their own conclusions. The students and instructors learn from this approach together in an engaging environment that promotes scientific curiosity and discovery.
For the middle school students, three separate, one-week STEM camps were offered this summer. These week-long camps highlighted hands-on laboratory experiences, with sessions conducted July 11-14, July 18-21 and July 25-28. The dynamic inquiry-driven experience offers students unique weekly immersions in all of the different aspects of STEM.
The Girl Scouts Louisiana East were also invited to a week-long program highlighting aspects of Ecology. Students explored different ecosystems throughout the Delgado City Park Campus and New Orleans City Park. This program was designed in conjunction with Delgado faculty member Brent Fodera and a previous Science Laboratory Technology, Biotechnology student, Sarah Stewart.
“Increasing girls’ involvement in STEM is an important initiative at Girl Scouts Louisiana East,” said Kevin Shipp, Director of Major Events, STEM & High Awards Program. “Statistics show a girl’s interest (in STEM) declines as she ages, so it’s great to collaborate with scientists and engineers to hopefully reverse that trend.”
In addition, the program hosted two YouthForce NOLA interns to serve as teacher’s assistants. The two interns, Francina Singleton and Derin Wright, were provided a rigorous 60 hours of soft-skills training prior to arriving on campus. During their time in the program, they were given opportunities to interact with students and faculty. By the end of their internships they were team-teaching a module on extracting DNA from cheek cells.
"The Delgado Summer STEM Challenges program has provided a terrific opportunity for YouthForce NOLA interns to apply their STEM skills in a real-world setting, and build their soft skills at the same time. This was our second summer placing students at Delgado; we are very grateful for the partnership," said Cate Swinburn, Vice President of Programs for Educate Now!
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