FLINT — A recent $2,500 grant from the Child Welfare Society of Flint will help Kettering University provide STEM-themed experiences and opportunities to Genesee County elementary, middle and high school students through its Pre- College Programs.
The funds will be used to help cover the cost of attending summer camps focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and business.
Currently, there are approximately 550 students that attend one of the Pre-College Programs, and the University hosts another 400 working with community organizations such as the Girl Scouts. As a nationally-ranked university specializing in hands-on education, Kettering is uniquely positioned to deliver formative student-centered experiences that build skills by exposing students early on to innovative applied learning opportunities with more than 27,000 square feet of lab and research space, Kettering’s FIRST Robotics Community Center and Mobility Research Center.
The Pre-College Programs offer residential and non-residential courses and camps for first through 12th graders that cover STEMthemed topics such as cybersecurity, rockets, Java and autonomous programming, 3D printing, robotics and more. The programs also include “Doctor for a Day” and “Math Olympiad” among the day-long and residential camps.
“Kettering has a special opportunity and commitment to help change lives and set students on a path to achieve their dreams,” said Cherie Taylor, Assistant Director of Pre-College Programs at Kettering University. “With this generous gift, families that have financial challenges will still have an opportunity to participate.”
For more information on Kettering University’s Pre-College Programs, go to kettering.edu/precollege. — G.G.