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Aug 2, 2023

FSU Empowers Youth with STEM Skills Thanks to NASA Grant

Sponsored Content provided by Trung V. Tran, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Geospatial Science in the Department of Intelligence Studies, Geospatial Science, Political Science and History, Fayetteville State University

This summer, a group of future scientists had the opportunity to participate in a free, two-week, residential summer camp on the Fayetteville State University (FSU) campus. Funded by NASA, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program was called “Earth Science and Geospatial Science and Technology: Cutting-edge Technologies for Examining Climate Change (CTECC).”

Under the direction of Trung V. Tran, Ph.D., GISP, an assistant professor of geospatial science at FSU, the group of high school students examined impacts of climate change as well as the cutting-edge technologies under development to address it.

The CTECC program introduced the high schoolers to concepts like sustainable development and technologies such as satellite remote sensing, graphic information systems, 3D printing, and drones through hands-on workshops that included guest presenters from NASA, academia, and industries. 

“We were thrilled to offer this unique, immersive experience to area high school students interested in STEM fields,” Tran said. “Having the opportunity to work on NASA-related research directly connected to its Earth Observation missions and initiatives through the use of cutting-edge geospatial science and technology was truly transformative for our students.”

FSU is proud to provide interactive STEM programs such as the CTECC camp to engage youth in learning and spark interest in scientific fields. In an increasingly digital world, STEM education equips students with essential technology skills and digital literacy, enabling them to excel in a technology-driven society. In addition to teaching youth scientific skills, these programs encourage curiosity, critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving and creativity. 

FSU’s programs provide a well-rounded education that prepares future leaders to impact our economy and society in positive ways. By empowering youth with knowledge, skills, and hands-on learning experiences, students are prepared for a range of career opportunities in industries that need bright young minds to address issues like climate change. 

In addition to CTECC, FSU hosted two dozen other youth camps this summer. Approximately 1,900 students attended either an academic or a sports camp, and more than 450 of those participated in a residential camp. Thanks to federal funding or private donations, many programs are free or low-cost.

Visit this link to learn more about FSU’s youth services. 

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