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Local Students Get Hands-on STEM Experience at Bowie State

July 28, 2017

Community Partnership Gives Youth College, Career Exposure

Damita Chambers,, 301-832-2628 mobile

(BOWIE, Md.) – About 40 local ninth graders got an introduction to Bowie State University’s science and technology programs in a one-day immersion experience this week. They handled pipettes used in DNA research and got college advice from Bowie State students – all as part of the university’s college and career pipeline program, Education Innovation Initiative (EI2).

Students from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt spent the day learning about careers in biology, chemistry and computer technology through hands-on activities, led by Bowie State professors and students. They also engaged in interactive learning in research labs in the new Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing and heard about how to navigate the college application process.
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Bowie State students, some of whom are fellows in the Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI), shared advice on how they would prepare for college differently if they had started in the ninth grade.

Their tips included:

  • Learn about the college application process in your first semester of high school.

  • Be focused, manage your time and apply yourself.

  • You can follow your passion and be an excellent student.

“We want to teach high school students how to prepare themselves for college, especially if they have an interest in science and technology,” said Bowie State Associate Provost Guy-Alain Amoussou. “It’s so critical to work with our partner schools to help students have a clear understanding early in high school about what it takes to be successful in college. This ongoing partnership with Eleanor Roosevelt High School and its dynamic principal, Reginald McNeil, will ensure that more local students are ready for college and hopefully choose to study at Bowie State.”

Last spring, a group of 10th graders from Eleanor Roosevelt, participating in Bowie State’s three-month-long Robotics Clinics, learned how to integrate sensor technologies into robotic cars, presenting their projects to their peers at an Education Innovation Initiative showcase.

EI2 provides opportunities for Bowie State students and local youth to learn practical skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to address real-world problems through hands-on learning. Community partnerships make it possible for young people to get an early start to prepare for a future in STEM.


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