Grant Funded Programs

Gearing Up for College and Careers in STEM

 This project impacted high school students by providing learning experiences through STEM that prepare students for college. The summer session included activities that incorporate self-discovery, cooperative learning, goal setting, career exploration, as well as academic and career advising. Fifteen (15) high school students were recruited to participate in a residential camp for one week in June. Participants enrolled in three classes; Algebra I, Robotics, and Mobile Robotic Design. Other interactive informational sessions included Making the Leap to High School; Career Awareness in STEM provided career awareness and high school course advising; ACT PREP highlights content, concepts, and tips for student success on the ACT; and Planning for College focused on college entrance requirements. In addition a diverse group of role model and guest speakers from ECSU Admissions, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), ECSU Financial Aid and ECSU Vikings Enhancing STEM (VESTEM) were invited. They led student discussions and provided interactive lessons while sharing information on college selection, networking, leadership experiences, academic and career preparation, team building, and job skill requirements. These informative panels and discussions were designed to motivate students to reach higher levels of academic achievement in preparation for college by taking upper level mathematics and science courses such as honor math and science courses.

Program Partners

  • GEAR UP NC
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
  • College Foundation of North Carolina
  • North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
  • ECSU Dr. Herman G. Cooke Department of Natural Sciences, Pharmacy & Health Professions
  • ECSU Department of Technology
  • Donald McCoy and Associates

GEAR Up NC funded NC-MSEN’s “Gearing Up for College and Careers in STEM”. This project officially ended in 2014.

Pre-College Experiences for Reaching Students Interested in Science Teaching (PERSIST)

PERSIST was a science and mathematics teacher recruitment program for high school students with high potential, but who may not have been encouraged to pursue mathematics or science teaching as a career. The Program will enable students to develop a greater understanding of the teaching process and acquire the fundamental skills needed for a science or mathematics teaching career. 

Goals

  • Improve students’ understanding of science and mathematics teaching by engaging them in rigorous, challenging, hands-on, inquiry-based advanced courses; academic advising; job shadowing; online community; and seminars focused on teaching, communication, and leadership skills.
  • Forge partnerships between student participants and UNC faculty who will serve as mentors/consultants in nurturing students’ enthusiasm for science/mathematics teaching.
  • Expose students to current information on science-/mathematics-related baccalaureate programs that lead to teaching careers.
  • Involve parents in workshops that examine and promote careers in mathematics/science teaching.

Program Components

  • Saturday Academy (SA) Sessions
  • Summer Scholars (SS) Program
  • College Tours / Field Trips (e.g., Schools of Education)
  • Career/Role Model Speakers
  • Academic Advising and Career Counseling
  • Seminars - Conferences (e.g., FTA, NC OPT-ED, NCSTA, NCCTM)
  • Leadership Development Program
  • Job-Shadowing, Classroom Observations, Lesson Planning, and Student Teaching Opportunities
  • Mentoring and Tutoring Experiences
  • Annual Awards and Recognition Programs /Banquets
  • SAT and Praxis Preparation
  • Journal Writing and Book Reviews
  • Mathematics and Science Competitions
  • Communication Skills
  • Presentations/Exhibits/Displays
  • Scholarship and Financial Aid Workshops
  • Parent Involvement and Workshops
  • Online Learning Community and Workshop

Annual Theme

  • Year I    
    • College Preparation: Thinking about Teaching as a Career and the Value of Teaching
  • Year II    
    • College Matriculation: College Requirements for Teaching
  • Year III  
    • Teaching as a Profession: Professional Requirements for Teaching

Major Project Partners

  • Internet Community Action Network (I-CAN)
  • Knowledge Network Solutions (KNS)
  • Education Faculty of College of Education at various NC-MSEN Pre-College Program sites
  • National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs)
  • North Carolina Teaching Fellows’ Programs
  • North Carolina School Districts

The Burroughs Wellcome-funded Pre-College Experiences for Reaching Students Interested in Science Teaching (P.E.R.S.I.S.T.) Project has officially ended on June 30, 2014.

Building a STEM Foundation for Future Success

The ESCU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Summer Camp met project goals through its intensive summer program. This project impacted high school students by providing learning experiences that focus on engineering as a college major. Twenty (20) high school students were recruited to participate in the ESCU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Summer Scholars Camp. The selected students were required to attend residential classes for one week in July. Students enrolled in four classes; mathematics, engineering, science, and career awareness. During this rigorous week students were exposed to hands on, inquiry-based activities and lab experiences in engineering, mathematics, and science. The career exploration/counseling class, taught by a school counselor, provided career awareness with role model speakers, course advising, SAT/ACT information, college entrance counseling, and college tours. Role model and motivational speakers led student discussions while sharing information on college selection, networking and leadership experiences, career preparation, team building, job skills and requirements. They also provided information designed to interest, and encourage students’ study of engineering and related disciplines. A field trip was included in the curriculum to North Carolina State University (NCSU), a fellow UNC System University which specializes in engineering and other STEM based majors. It provided participants an opportunity to experience, firsthand, one of North Carolina premier research universities. 1

Goals

  1. Improve high school students' attitudes and understanding of science and mathematics.
    • Nurture students’ enthusiasm and appreciation for and understanding of STEM and engineering-related careers
    • Enhance students’ understanding of and academic performance in science and mathematics through structured academic enrichment activities
  2. Implement activities that support students to remain engaged in studies for the preparation of STEM majors and careers
    • Increase students’ hands-on, inquiry- and problem-based activities that will encourage the study of STEM, particularly engineering as a major and career
    • Increase and engage parent/family involvement in their children’s education
  3. Expose students to current information on engineering baccalaureate programs that lead to engineering careers
    • Enhance students’ awareness of high school, college and career requirements for pursuing STEM majors and careers
    • Engage students in STEM career discourse with STEM professionals
    • Present students with current information about STEM-related careers and baccalaureate programs that lead to engineering careers

Major Project Partners

  • North Carolina State University NC-MSEN
  • ECSU School of Math, Science and Technology
  • ECSU Pharmacy Program

The BelleJAR Foundation funded NC-MSEN’s “Building a STEM Foundation for Future Success” Summer Camp. This project officially ended in 2013.

NASA/NC-MSEN S.P.A.C.E. (Students Preparing to Advance into Careers in Engineering)

Students Preparing To Advance Into Careers In Engineering (S.P.A.C.E.) Project allowed The University of North Carolina - General Administration and its North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network Pre-College Program (NC-MSEN PCP) to expose high school students to innovative, valuable out-of-school time NASA - related STEM experiences that enriched their in-school time science and mathematics learning. This year-round, multi-year academic enrichment project helped students acquire the skills needed to enter and remain in the STEM pipeline.

Program Components

  • Saturday Academy Sessions
  • Summer Scholars Program
  • Field Trips to NASA Sites
  • Interactive Web-based Experiences
  • Online Learning Communities
  • Virtual Career/Role Model Speakers
  • E-Mentoring with STEM Professionals
  • Academic Advising and Career Counseling
  • Hands-on, Inquire-based Engineering, Physics and Astronomy Classes
  • Seminars/Research Symposia
  • Leadership and Communication Skills
  • Immersion with University Arts and Sciences/Education Faculty
  • Robotics Classes and Competitions
  • Presentations/Exhibits/Displays
  • Teacher and Staff Standards-based Professional Development
  • Project-based Learning
  • Technology Integration into Mathematics and Science Curricula
  • Parent Involvement and Workshops
  • Scholarship and Financial Aid Workshops
  • Annual Awards and Recognition Program 

Major Project Partners

  • Internet Community Action Network (I-CAN)
  • Knowledge Network Solutions (KNS)
  • NC Alliance to Create Opportunity Through Education (NC- OPT ED)
  • Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)
  • North Carolina School Districts 

The NASA/NC-MSEN Students Preparing To Advance Into Careers In Engineering (S.P.A.C.E.) Project has officially ended on March 31, 2012.

Robotics: Opportunities for Building Outstanding Talent in the Sciences (R.O.B.O.T.S.)

ROBOTS was a two-year project funded by The National Science Foundation. It was designed to provide awareness of the scientific world especially that described through astronomy and physics. Two hundred ten (210) underserved rural, urban and suburban students in grades six to eight were provided 200 hours of out-of-school time (OST) evening, Saturday and summer intensive hands-on, inquiry-based STEM experiences, with a special focus on astronomy, physics and robotics. The project helped to improve students’ understanding of STEM by: (1) exposing them to non-traditional science fields such as astronomy and physics via robotics; (2) e-mentoring by STEM professionals. When students completed this project they were able to make a smooth transition to advanced level, high school mathematics and science courses with the knowledge of scientific competitions, research opportunities, and college majors and careers that they were qualified to pursue.

Program Components:

  • Spring and fall Saturday Academy Sessions
  • Three-week Summer Program
  • STEM E-Mentors
  • Team challenges and robotics competitions
  • Field trips and college tours
  • Videoconferences and symposia
  • Parent involvement workshops and activities
  • Recognition programs

 Major Project Partners:

  • Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) - photos of workshops held at different NC-MSEN Pre-College Program sites
  • Tyco Electronics
  • North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA)
  • IBM Centers for Advanced Studies
  • Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative
  • Seven out of nine NC-MSEN Pre-College Program sites (Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, and Winston-Salem State University)

The National Science Foundation-funded Robotics: Opportunities for Building Outstanding Talent in the Sciences (R.O.B.O.T.S.) Project has officially ended in 2010.