Dillard offers free summer STEM program for middle school boys
Boys entering grades six through eight that attend classes will receive free breakfast and lunch, as well as free school supplies and a backpack upon completion of the program.
Sessions will be held Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the first session going from June 7 to June 21 and the second session running from June 22 to July 7.
For more information, see the full press release below:
NEW ORLEANS– This summer, Dillard University and Verizon are offering a free program to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program is for African American and Latino boys attending New Orleans Public Middle Schools entering grades sixth through eighth. Students will get hands-on experience with advanced technology, including coding, 3-D design and printing, robotics, virtual reality and more. The program is on Dillard University’s campus and includes free breakfast and lunch for participants as well as free school supplies and backpacks after completion of the courses.
The first session runs June 7, 2017 through June 21, 2017 and the second session is June 22, 2017 through July 7, 2017 . All classes are held Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
“In our partnership with Verizon Innovative Learning for Minority Males, Dillard University is creating the intersection of access and opportunity for middle school boys. This is Louisiana’s first STEM program with special emphasis on technological literacy, competency, and proficiency. In this, we aim to diversify the field of STEM with far more than just innovation and technology,” Kimberly Woodard, Dillard University’s director of Development, said.
Students will see what it’s like to be in college, and they’ll be paired with graduate and undergraduate students who will serve as year round mentors. The program’s goal is to expose African American and Latino boys to technology and careers in technology fields they may not have been aware of.
There is a dearth of minority young men who are prepared for success in the digital world. That’s why Dillard University and Verizon are inviting African American and Latino boys in middle school to participate in a unique technology immersion program that starts with a summer camp and continues with sessions on specific Saturdays throughout the academic year. With access to technology tools and educational resources, our young men can use technology to create a better future for themselves, their communities and the world.
For more information visit www.dillard.edu/vilmm