HOMER, Alaska (AP) — Homer High School senior Eryn Gillam and Nikolaevsk School sophomore Chelsea Johnson chose to spend five weeks of their summer learning.
The girls were in their second week of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program’s Acceleration Academy at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where they participate in hands-on activities and take classes for dual high school and college credit along with 60 other students from across Alaska, reported the Homer News (http://bit.ly/2anRjwD).
“We have students here from all over the state, building friendships, their own cohort of friends to work together as they move towards their academic and professional goals,” said ANSEP Acceleration Academy regional director Michael Ulroan. “It’s a great way to get students involved and excited about STEM career interests. We’re excited about this summer, especially working with a lot of students. These students are the future leaders of our state.”
The program has about an equal amount of male and female attendance, Ulroan said. This allows students to explore areas of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields without limitations that might be put on them by peers or adults in their community.
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