Crowdfunding Projects To Engage Young People in STEM Careers
If you want to help young people—and particularly female young people—get hooked on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), now is your chance. Two new projects have been posted on Superior Ideas, Michigan Technological University’s crowdfunding website.
The projects, posted by the Center for Pre-College Outreach, enable anyone to help support two of Michigan Tech’s most successful K–12 STEM outreach programs: Get WISE and Tivitz.
“Get WISE brings 250 local seventh and eighth grade girls to campus for a day,” explained Liz Fujita, assistant coordinator for the Center for Pre-College Outreach. “The girls do activities in groups, have friendly competition and complete engineering challenges—like building a bridge with household materials and testing it.” The girls also meet role models, including women Tech students and successful alumnae, and they leave with lessons and kits to bring home and back to school.
The second program, Tivitz, is “a mash-up of checkers and arithmetic,” Fujita said. “The students learn to play the game in school, then come to Tech to compete round-robin style. For a lot of the younger students, this is their first experience at a university.”
In addition to the game, the fourth through seventh grade students do three math-related activities to round out their daylong field trip to campus.
For the full story, see Michigan Tech News.