Sixty-seven high school students from across Alaska participate in advanced STEM learning experiences at ANSEP Acceleration Academy

27-May-2016 ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – This week, 67 high school students from across Alaska arrived at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) to participate in the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) Acceleration Academy. During this five-week summer session, students earn credit toward a college degree while living at UAA and learning about career opportunities that exist in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Each week, Acceleration Academy students gain hands-on experience in a different STEM career field through activities led by industry professionals. Team-based learning sessions range from building unmanned aerial vehicles and earthquake-safe structures to outbreak response in health care and carbon fiber training sessions. Today, students participated in one of ANSEP’s newest hands-on engineering projects: building and testing a vehicle that is powered by an electronic motor and batteries and is also capable of withstanding high speeds. The activity is part of an innovative curriculum designed to inspire students to pursue STEM degrees.

The 67 students chosen to participate in the all-expenses paid Acceleration Academy include:

Adonna Jo Sarah Adams, Earl Apineru, Finley Armstrong, Micheal Baker, Jules Dan, Evangeline Dooc, Tayfun Ertekin, Augustine Hamner, Seth Johnson, Michael Martinez, Stefani Martinez, Marielle Medina, Luke Meiwes, Christine Noratak, Charitie Ropati, Alexander Schuerch, Mark Schuerch, Caleb Tabios, Baahii Tallman, Konaa Tallman, Naasha Tallman, Emily Tunuchuk and Cameron Westlake

Bethel: Brittney Boney, Ray Daniel, Stephen Galanty, Justis Geerdts, Kelly O'Brien, Mackenzie Smith, Ryan Smith and Caitlyn Twito

Jaden Ulroan

Chugiak: Elijah Faso-Formoso, Noah Faso-Formoso and Patrick Johnson

Dillingham: Sue Lee and Sadie Sands

Eagle River: Isiah Bauzon, Aaron Koppenberg and Amaya Reid

Fairbanks: Jill Jacobs, Samuel Hughes and Naomi Nelson

Juneau: Caleb Deer, Joshua Quinto and Amara Sanguni

Kiana: Kaelyn Stalker

Kodiak: Kristopher Hill-McLaughlin

Kotzebue: Xavier Jones

Kwethluk: Janna Pavilla

Aisha Boyscout and Hannah John

Nikiski: Matthew Minium

Sierra Anderson, Brayden Bahnke, Benjamin Cross, Katherine Scott and Kaitlyn Theonnes

Palmer: Levi Farris, Branden Lindsay, Sara Oomittuk and James Rogers

Soldotna: Lisa Krol

Tununak: Jared James

Wasilla: Taia Fagerstrom, Keith Perry and Corbin Wolford

“The goal of Acceleration Academy is to develop students academically and socially for college while igniting their interest in STEM career fields. In addition to building relationships with their peers, Acceleration Academy students have access to valuable educational experiences that may not be available in their hometown. It isn’t uncommon for an Acceleration Academy student to enter college having already earned all or most of the math and science credits needed for a bachelor’s degree,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder.

Acceleration Academy participants advance one level or more in math or science each summer at a rate of 95 percent. ANSEP students benefit from a residential college experience, peer socialization and access to college scholarships. Students become familiar with navigating the UAA campus and build lasting relationships with youth who share similar interests and goals.

ANSEP’s multi-stage model begins as early as middle school and continues into high school, college and even the graduate and doctoral levels. With nearly 2,000 students in the ANSEP pipeline, the program’s proven model is systematically improving the hiring patterns of Alaska Natives in STEM fields in Alaska. To learn more about ANSEP and its components, visit www.ANSEP.net.