ANSEP hosts first winter STEM Career Exploration in partnership with Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta School District


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program hosts four STEM Career Exploration sessions each summer and, to meet the growing demand, ANSEP hosted an additional session this winter. Thanks to the increased support of the Association of Village Council Presidents, for the first time students from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta School District participated in STEM Career Exploration during the school year.

Over the past year alone, the five-day residential component has provided nearly 250 students from across the state insight into particular STEM fields of their choice including marine biology, health sciences, renewable energy and engineering. Through hands-on activities, the students used problem solving to overcome real-world challenges.

Eighteen students from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta School District were chosen to participate in ANSEP’s additional STEM Career Exploration component this winter, including:

  • Bethel: Rosemary Chakuchin, Anson Jimmie, Charlee Korthuis, Kristen Nick and Marion Swope
  • Kotlik: Amari Akaran and Emiran Mike
  • Kwethluk: Bradley Jackson
  • Marshall: Rhianne Isaac, Luke Isaac and Kursten Wilde
  • Napakiak: Atsaruaq Bill
  • Nightmute: Blake Anthony
  • Quinhagak: Nikki Teeluk, Tristian Henry, Ronald Merritt, Daniel Pleasant and Kody Cleveland

“STEM Career Exploration shows students how math and science are applied outside of the classroom by giving them a chance to experiment with real-world applications,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder. “By exposing students to the excitement and opportunity of a STEM career at an early age, we are setting students on the path to higher education through our proven model of success.”

Like all ANSEP components, STEM Career Exploration aims to inspire students to pursue STEM careers by immersing them in hands-on learning activities alongside their peers and industry professionals. To be eligible, students must have previously completed ANSEP’s Middle School Academy component and maintained grades that adhere to ANSEP’s high academic standards, including being on track to complete algebra 1 before high school. To learn more about ANSEP and its components, visit www.ANSEP.net.