STEM summer program to introduce students to college life

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The Summer Bridge Program fosters a community of learners by involving participants in team-building activities and social and interactive learning networks, while teaching them the skills necessary to succeed at LCC.

Students extract DNA from strawberries during last year’s Laredo Community College STEM Summer Bridge Program.

LAREDO, TEXAS (LCC) - High school seniors interested in pursuing a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) career are invited to learn more about their future career and college life during Laredo Community College’s three-week STEM Summer Bridge Program.

Two sessions will be held June 9-July 10. Students can choose from a morning session from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or an afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m.

The program is offered at no cost to the participants, and space is limited. Students are encouraged to apply now.

The Summer Bridge Program fosters a community of learners by involving participants in team-building activities and social and interactive learning networks, while teaching them the skills necessary to succeed at LCC.

Students will work in teams on activities such as DNA extractions, construction of a solar-powered car, and bottle rockets. New this year will be a Lego Mindstorms robotics project.

The focus of these hands-on projects is to teach participants about relying on others for help.

Time management also is a large facet of the STEM summer program. Making the transition from high school to college, where school work is less regimented, can be a difficult adjustment.

To aid students in learning how to effectively manage their academic and personal lives, participants will work on a project to help them break down how they spend their time.

Students will create and keep a daily log of how they spend their days, essentially building a time budget to help them find a balance.

Participants also will receive instruction on how to succeed at LCC during college readiness activities led by LCC faculty. This includes writing activities with English instructor Humberto Cardenas, as well as math lessons with a math instructor.

Additionally, LCC faculty and community volunteers will introduce students to STEM-related careers and provide them with information on student organizations and activities at LCC, as well as transfer opportunities.

Students who successfully complete all activities will be eligible to receive a $500 stipend, and may qualify for an iPad to help them succeed during their time at LCC.

The summer bridge program is funded through a five-year grant. The program is open to any incoming freshmen who will be enrolled at LCC for the Fall 2014 semester.

Students who wish to apply also must join the STEM Scholars Program, and the deadline to apply for the STEM summer program is Friday, May 30.

Students can apply by visiting www.laredo.edu/stem or by calling 794-4977.

Additionally, students and parents should be aware that a mandatory parent orientation will be held on Tuesday, June 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the De La Garza Building, room 101. Parents will receive vital information on the program, as well as information on the stipend and iPad.

For more information on the summer bridge program or the STEM Scholars program, call 794-4977.


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