Science for Tomorrow is a STEM career outreach program for middle school students in communities that are underrepresented in STEM fields and on college campuses. It goes beyond emphasizing STEM as a generic catch phrase and instead shows students real world examples of who scientists are and how science and research work, as well as providing them with practical tools for navigating high school, pursuing post-secondary education and ultimately achieving those careers.This year the Museum will partner with the U-M Center for Educational Outreach and the middle schools they serve in their Future U program (Garden City Middle School in Garden City, MI, Clippert Academy and U-Prep in Detroit, MI) to bring even more science and college access to these students. The participants will take part in a series of three classroom science lessons, three Saturday cross-district visits, and a culminating overnight campus visit in the spring. Each meeting will highlight specific STEM careers, introduce them to the scientific method and the engineering design process, and the students will work on small group projects. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to think about the steps they need to take now and in high school to prepare for college.What sets our Science for Tomorrow and Future U partnership apart from other STEM programs is the cross-district participation in which students will get to meet and work with students from varying backgrounds, and they will be mentored and will work directly with U-M scientists, faculty, staff, and students. They will also benefit from an overnight college visit that will help them to experience what being a college student is like
If you would like more information about Science for Tomorrow you can contact Jeanna Fox at Jeannaf@umich.edu or by phone at (734) 615-7116.