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B-CU Pathways to STEM Youth Enrichment Program Presents Summer Research


Middle school aged students from the B-CU Pathways to STEM Summer Program presented their summer projects to family and friends on July 8th. During the four-week initiative, students studied biology, environmental science, robotics and marine biology while also learning about STEM careers. This summer students focused on the topic of helping the environment. Each student compiled research from live animals, water and recyclable goods and worked collaboratively to determine how and why these substances may help or harm the earth. Students were awarded a certificate and stipend for participating in the program.

Evan Harold a 13-year old from Mississippi, has attended the program for two consecutive years. “I love the program. My favorite part is marine zoology because we get to test with live animals,” he said. If accepted, Evan plans to attend the program next year and spend the summer with his friends.

The Pathways to STEM program was initiated by University President Dr. Edison O. Jackson and established in 2013 to strengthen the reasoning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics among adolescents. The program is in partnership with Volusia County Schools to support the extended learning children need over the course of the summer.

Dr. Herbert Thompson, Dean for the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics (CSEM) encouraged students and parents to continue their relationship with B-CU CSEM faculty as a resource for current dual enrollment opportunities, future college financial aid, and enrollment guidance into B-CU.

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