"We should not teach children the sciences but give them a taste for them."
Jean Jacques Rosseau
Seeking STEM Knowledge
Each summer, about 40 students from Central Alabama high schools have the opportunity to improve their knowledge and application of science, technology, engineering, and math while developing their entrepreneurship skills at The University of Alabama.
The 2019 STEM Entrepreneurship Academy took place July 13–19. Thirty-two rising 10th and 11th graders from 10 high schools experienced a week of exploration, engagement and discovery within the STEM disciplines and the world of entrepreneurship.
This camp offers a fun and innovative hands-on approach to help students discover Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in the work place and introduce them to Entrepreneurship concepts that are essential for business start-up.
Key partners of the program include The Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, The College of Engineering, The College of Arts and Sciences, The Edge Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The Tuscaloosa Gateway and The UA Division of Student Life Career Center.
STEM Camp Components
Students will discover the field of biomimicry and its innovative ideas that are at the intersection of biology and technology.
The basics of computer science are introduced and students program their own computer game.
Students explored civil engineering with field experience evaluating a traffic light and checking vehicle speeds. Mechanical engineering principles were introduced through building t-shirt cannons.
The integration of geometry and art is used to introduce students to the world of repeating patterns. In addition, students experience a lesson involving systems of linear equations as they discuss the impact of the federal minimum wage.
Students are introduced to entrepreneurial pioneers and visit a local entrepreneurship center.
Throughout the camp, students work together to apply their STEM knowledge towards a business design that will benefit their community.