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Wednesday, October 23 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lightning Session: Collaboration and Engagement Between Higher Ed, STEM Industries, and Community Schools to Improve STEM Interest in Middle School Students

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Engaging students to increase their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is crucial to maintaining the STEM pipeline. In particular, studies have shown that students begin to lose interest in STEM in middle school and that students in low-income, socioeconomically disadvantaged schools are disproportionately affected. As part of the Erie Public Schools and United Way of Erie County Community School Initiative, Gannon University piloted an afterschool STEM program Feeding Minds and Families at Strong Vincent Middle School. In this six-week program, students were mentored by Gannon University STEM faculty and local STEM professionals in topics ranging from DNA technology to computational thinking. The program used family meals as an opportunity for engagement across all stakeholders. This presentation describes the collaboration, program development, and outcomes for improving STEM interest through activities that engage students and their families.


Quyen Aoh

Associate Professor, Gannon University
STEM outreach enthusiast and Associate Professor of Biology at Gannon University

Wednesday October 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Commonwealth A1