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Science, Technology and Arts for Youth (STAY)

The scope of the program was to address different advanced topics with a hands-on focus, such as natural sciences, robotics, computing science and the scientific method, besides encouraging the artistic development of the students. We proposed three periods during July and August 2018 with up to 60 K12 students divided in two groups per period. Each period consisted of 5 consecutive days of activities on the UC Merced campus, from 9 am to 2:30 pm, including an interactive campus tour, and more than 10 different hand-on workshops. The ratio K12 student:instructor was 5:1 or better. In providing these workshops in one intense five-day week, we aimed to retain students more easily.

To spark in the students more interest, we designed activities in which they needed to fulfil a task in order to get a medal. With enough medals, they received honorary titles such as “Nature’s Mystery Master” or “Ruler of Machines”. They had field journals and will write down everything they do, as scientists do. By the end of the day, using their field journal, they wrote an online journal where they will add texts, pictures, drawings, or whatever content they imagine.

Migrant Education Program Enrichment in Science and Technology,  MESAT 2017:

Engaging children in the academic and professional enterprise is a challenge, particularly for families lacking college experience or who struggle with the English language, including recently immigrated populations in the San Joaquin Valley. Moreover, serving the communities of the San Joaquin Valley, the State of California, the nation and the world through excellence in education, research and public service is the Mission of the University of California, Merced. This proposal seeks to develop a framework to honor these principles through the creation of a sustainable and dynamic educational and research structure, unifying the four-population cores of UC Merced: undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and K-12 students that will become the next generation of scholars.

We propose to implement a cooperative program targeting K-12 students from local schools in Merced County, supported by undergraduate students and professors, and led by graduate students from UC Merced. An interdisciplinary and diversified team of graduate students will have the opportunity to grow professionally improving their professional and teaching skills through workshops for K-12 students in Merced County. Those workshops will require specific work and skills from the instructors, and will aim to raise the curiosity for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines, to spark the interest in pursuing higher education in middle and high school students. The curriculum will address different topics, such as natural sciences, robotics, computing sciences, design and the scientific method, including field work.