Middle School Students Attend Summer STEM Program

August 4, 2013

Middle school students made DNA in a Cheyney University science lab.

Middle school students made DNA in a Cheyney University science lab.

Students from three Coatesville, Pa middle schools attended the Summer Youth Academy on Cheyney University of Pennyslvania's historic campus the week of July 29. The academy experience exposed them to classes in math, physics, biology and chemistry.  In addition to lots of hand-on experiences, the fact that they were taking classes on a college campus nudged some of the students to start thinking about their future educational plans after middle and high school.   

The students attended the academy for four hours Monday through Thursday for engagement activities promoting science and math.  The activities were designed by CU faculty in conjunction with selected area middle school teachers.

According to Dr. Adedoyin Adeyiga, a Cheyney University science professor, "We are aware of the importance and need of early exposure of young minorities to science and math and the various reports (Hulleman and Harackiewicz 2009; Denofrio et al, 2007; Summers and Hrabowski, III 2006) that show that youth exposed to STEM at an early age are more likely to follow through and become creative, independent and analytical thinkers.  It is anticipated that recruited kids will learn about Cheyney and later become a part of the Cheyney STEM family."