STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is an important component of the Nevada State GEAR UP program.
The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) FY18 GEAR UP STEM program activities for Students and Parents workshops will support the Nevada Vision for K-12 education and is founded on the following: (1) change the culture of schools located in economically disadvantaged communities to ensure that all students are prepared academically and have resources to attend and succeed in college and (2) increase Nevada System of Higher Education institution involvement in GU schools to facilitate a seamless transition from secondary to postsecondary attendance and success” (2011 Nevada GEAR UP Grant).
The UNLV GEAR UP grant will serve GEAR UP high school students and their parents directly using a proactive approach to transitioning students from high school to postsecondary education. The STEM workshops delivered in the fall will introduce students and parents to the “first principles” of science and mathematics and strengthen interest in the STEM areas. Demonstration kits will be used at winter workshops and college fairs to expand the students’ and families’ knowledge of STEM majors. Facilitators will discuss the pathway to choosing a STEM field, provide information on how best to prepare and required skills to be successful. Spring workshops will allow students to see the application of STEM education by exposing them to research during hands-on laboratory experience with faculty and graduate students.
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UNR VEX Robotics and STEM:
The University of Nevada Reno FY18 VEX Robotics and STEM program consists of two components: (1) an intensive effort to ensure that students interested in STEM-related fields take the final step to apply to a college/university; and (2) STEM workshops for northwest Nevada and Dean’s Future Scholars (DFS) GEAR UP students.
The two components provide direct services to GEAR UP students to meet Nevada State GEAR UP Goal #2, to increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education. It is intended to be the final push to facilitate the students actually crossing the finish line by applying and attending college. The proposal also relates to Goal #3, increasing knowledge of postsecondary options by providing specific postsecondary (and career) opportunities related to STEM fields.
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