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STEM Success welcomes high school students to STEM Day

March 16, 2018

UA-PTC’s STEM Success program hosted its 5th annual STEM Day on Friday, March 9 for middle and high school students throughout central Arkansas to encourage them to enter majors and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

More than 200 youth visited campus from Central, JA Fair, McClellan, Jacksonville Middle and Jacksonville High, Maumelle High school, Sylvan Hills Middle and Forest Heights Middle schools.

“It’s important that young people know what’s available to them in the STEM fields,” said Richard Moss, director of UA - Pulaski Tech’s STEM Success program. “STEM Day exposes them to new ideas and concepts that makes them excited to learn.”

The students attended interactive workshops in the CHARTS Theater hosted by Mid America Museum and Museum of Discovery.

The event was highlighted by a keynote lecture from Dr. Christopher Emdin. Dr. Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Columbia University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education

Admissions representatives from UA-PTC also talked with the high school students about preparing for college.

UA-Pulaski Tech’s STEM Success program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program’s long-range goal is to increase successful completion of STEM courses and degrees among African-American male and female students.

Pictured: UA System President, Dr. Donald Bobbit; UA-PTC STEM Director, Richard Moss; Dr. Christopher Emdin and UA-PTC Chancellor, Dr. Margaret Ellibee.

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