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Students from Coatesville Attend Summer Science Camp at Cheyney University

August 1, 2014

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Dr. Adedoyin Adeyiga helps students with a lab project during the Summer Science Camp at Cheyney University.

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This year’s Youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Summer Academy at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania saw 21 sixth, seventh and eighth graders from the Coatesville Area School District (CASD) engage in STEM  classes and hands-on laboratories from July 28-31 in the Cheyney's new science building.  Funded fully by a five-year, $1.75 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and directed by Dr. Adedoyin Adeyiga, the Youth STEM Summer Academy students were exposed to biology, chemistry, physics and French througout the week-long program.  In addition to in-class lectures, the students performed dissections, tested common fruit drinks for acidity levels and visited the aquaponics chamber on campus.

The Cheyney University faculty is aware of the importance and need for early exposure of young students to STEM.  Various reports indicate that youths exposed to STEM areas at an early age are more likely to follow through and become creative, independent and analytical thinkers. The Youth STEM Summer Academy is held annually and will continue to be a part of Cheyney University’s efforts to get local students aware and engaged in STEM activities.

NSF is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2014, its budget is $7.2 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.