Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program hosts 40 students from Northwest Arctic Borough School District at April Middle School Academy

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) is hosting 40 students from seven rural Alaska communities within the Northwest Arctic Borough School District (NWABSD) at its April Middle School Academy. On April 4, students arrived at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) campus, where they will live like college students for two weeks while participating in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning activities designed to foster enthusiasm for pursing an education and career in these areas.

Thanks to the generous support of ANSEP’s strategic partners, the April session is one of six Middle School Academies taking place during the 2015-2016 school year, along with three this summer. The students chosen to participate in this month’s all-expenses-paid academy include: 

Aqqaluk School (Noorvik) 

  • Ethan Armstrong
  • Lindsay Schuerch
  • Lucy Foster

Buckland Middle School

  • Destiny Hadley
  • Edgar Swan, Jr.
  • Floyd Ticket
  • Jace Boskofsy
  • Kayden Ticket
  • Louis Hadley

Deering School

  • James Cleveland
  • Robert Cleveland

Davis-Ramoth School (Selawik)

  • Alexis Jones
  • Brenda Ballot
  • Trisha Mann

Kobuk School

  • Amber Griest
  • Julian Pungalik

Kotzebue Middle School

  • Aminata Cherif
  • Brennan Garcia
  • Camrynn Hildreth
  • Grace Franklin
  • Harley Wood
  • Juanita Edenshaw
  • Julian Cardenas
  • Kai Whitmore
  • Kaitlyn Strickland
  • Kaylie Stalker
  • Kelly Thomas, Jr.
  • Leah Hatch
  • Madison Troyer
  • Phileshia Dennis
  • Ryan Troyer
  • Stephanie Lane
  • Walter Gregg
  • Yasmin Dennis

Shungnak School

  • Debbie Snyder
  • Kaden Douglas

Throughout the academy, students participate in team-based activities ranging from computer and bridge builds to earthquake engineering and biological science sessions. On Friday, April 8, industry professionals and ANSEP staff led students in an activity to learn the basics of building energy-efficient structures in Alaska. Throughout the day, students designed and built model Arctic walls that they then tested for heat loss. They also learned how to create alternative energy by building and testing windmills capable of generating enough power to lift objects.

“We’re always looking for fun, innovative ways to get Alaskan students excited about STEM learning, and we strive to expose them to real-world situations they may encounter if they choose to pursue a career in a STEM field,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder. “Helping students find their passion for science and math at a young age serves as a crucial step in their academic success.”

The Middle School Academy is a key component for ANSEP’s goal to continually expose students to STEM opportunities throughout their academic careers, beginning at the middle school level. ANSEP’s longitudinal model continues through high school and into college undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programs, shaping students into educated scientists and engineers who feed the growing demand for STEM leaders in Alaska. To learn more about ANSEP and its components, visit www.ANSEP.net.

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