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U of I STEM Days Offer Hands-On College Experience to Vallivue Students

April 10, 2019

BOISE, Idaho — April 10, 2019 — About 240 Vallivue students will explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities led by University of Idaho faculty during U of I’s STEM Days, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16-17, at the Idaho Water Center in Boise.

The seventh- and eighth-grade AVID students from the Vallivue School District in Canyon County will visit various hands-on stations during the day, including a “CSI at U of I” medical sciences session with real human bones; math games and activities; a workshop at the Urban Design Center Virtual Studio; activities relating to animal adaptations and biomimicry; and an avalanche simulation model. Each day will conclude with a visit to the Discovery Center of Idaho,

“Introducing STEM to students during middle school in activities like these STEM Days gives them an opportunity to learn that these are skills they can enjoy, learn and even excel at,” said Mark Nielsen, associate dean of the U of I College of Science. “Hopefully, it sparks an interest in any of the STEM fields and inspires these students to continue to learn more as they move on after school.”

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) prepares students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. It is used nationwide as an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap, making college access and success available to all students.

This is the third year U of I and the Vallivue AVID program have partnered to bring students to the U of I Boise Center to learn more about STEM programs as career options. The program expanded to two days this year because student interest has doubled.

The event is presented by the U of I College of Science, U of I Boise and the Discovery Center of Idaho.

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