STEM CampUs took place last week in Chicago, with 30 middle school students participating in the week-long overnight experience sponsored by Teza Technologies and Misha Malyshev. The free camp was hosted at the University of Chicago, with the students using the dorms and dining hall, while attending workshops in college classrooms. The mentorship program paired students with college mentors along with high school students and After-School All-Stars staff providing mentorship and support.
100% of campers said they would recommend the program to a friend and learned the following:
- How to be a leader
- How to calculate GPA
- College application process
- Importance of letters of recommendation
- Importance of a mentor or role model in high school
- Importance of getting involved in high school
- What to expect in high school
In the Battle of the Apps challenge, the students worked in groups to invent a digital app, develop a business and marketing plan and craft a pitch to sell their ideas. A panel of judges reviewed the plans and selected “Science4U” as the winner. This concept is an education-based app that provided fun activities that target specific science skills for students from elementary to high school.
A panel of high school students from After School Matters answered questions during the daily High School & College Readiness programing. They also learned about the college application precess from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The campers even received an opportunity to write their own college entrance essays.
In the Career Exploration series, the students visited Teza Technologies, the Chicago Bulls, Microsoft, and the United Way. Students even got chance to play basketball and soccer, view improv comedy from Second City and went on a Wendella Boat Tour to see Navy Pier fireworks over Lake Michigan.