A Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Summer Solar Camp Leveraging Community-Based Partnerships

Designed to support STEM identity development in female-identifying youth and youth of color in middle school, the new, hands-on summer program YESS offered culturally relevant and sustaining STEM programming focused on solar technology applications. YESS was funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program (award #1949586). The curriculum is now a resource for an informal, hands-on STEM education experience that can be adapted for different audiences and remain relevant; the partners’ ongoing interest in and use of the program showcases how local youth-serving organizations can maintain and integrate STEM education and environmental issues into their programming, effectively increasing the availability of culturally relevant and sustaining STEM programs.

View Article: https://lawrencehallofscience.org/static/publications/YESS/yess_brief.html

Publication: Youth Engaged in STEM and Service: A Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Summer Solar Camp Leveraging Community-Based Partnerships

Year: 2024

Pages: 9


  • Engineering
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • High School Science Education
  • Science Learning Activation
  • STEM Engagement

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