NASA's ASTRO CAMP® Community Partners Support Boys & Girls in STEM
NASA's ASTRO CAMP® Community Partners (ACCP)team recently collaborated with Tulane University for two of Tulane's inner-city New Orleans programs: Girls in STEM at Tulane (GiST) and Boys at Tulane in STEM (BATS). The GiST and BATS programs, held on October 1st and 29th, respectively, provide fifth through seventh grade students with the opportunity to meet and work with undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and professional role models in STEM fields. Workshops developed by faculty and student teams empower students to inquire, investigate, and discover in a positive environment, with the goal to welcome young students to careers in STEM fields by encouraging creative thinking, promoting self-esteem, and increasing awareness of the opportunities in STEM that await them.
More than 315 BATS boys and 154 GiST girls, along with their university student escorts, began their morning with a science scavenger hunt, immediately followed by the chance to engage in the many hands-on workstations meant to inspire students into STEM fields. The ACCP team engaged students with hands-on NASA science activities, gift bags, and models. Students worked collaboratively to create their own unique mission patches before taking on the ACCP challenge to “Build and Launch a Foam Rocket with Stabilizing Fins”, an invitation to investigate the forces of flight with the engineering and design process. Representatives from Boeing Company and NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans also joined the ACCP team at Tulane University as representatives in their fields to help inspire the workforce of tomorrow.
NASA's ASTRO CAMP® Community Partners program is supported by NASA and is part of NASA’s Science Activation Portfolio. Learn more about how Science Activation connects NASA science experts, real content, and experiences with community leaders to do science in ways that activate minds and promote deeper understanding of our world and beyond: https://science.nasa.gov/learners