Programs for K-12 students
Each year, Bradley University STEM Education faculty and students engage in informal STEM education outreach programs for youth in our community. In the 2008-2009 school year, this effort touched 450 local primary school students.
BEST And CREST Summer Internship Programs
The Building Excellent Scientists for Tomorrow (BEST) program for high school students interested in pursuing careers in science and technology-related areas provides hands-on experience in scientific research. Participants are placed in research labs in the Peoria area for a 150-300 hour internship, working side-by-side with top researchers and their teams to learn first-hand about the research process. They will also receive additional training in science methods, scientific ethics, safety and related topics. There are two divisions for this program: BEST and CREST. The BEST Internship Research Program for students interested in ALL STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering , and Math) is being run through Continuing Education . The CREST program is supported by the Doris Duke Foundation and geared toward students who are interested in clinical research and are underrepresented in the STEM fields. Students must be at least 15 to apply for either the BEST or CREST Summer Internship Program. Positions have been filled for 2013. For additional information, please contact Susie Stear at email@example.com or 309-677-3001.
Opportunities with NASA
NASA offers hundreds of paid summer internships for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in a variety of disciplines from engineering and science to technology, business, and finance.
Click the link below to complete your base application and apply for up to 15 different internship opportunities with a single application. The deadline is March 15th!
For tips on applying, check out the following video:
The Society of American Military Engineers is offering summer Engineering and Construction Camp opportunities for high school students. All camps are a full week long and the kids are continuously supervised (day and night). Meals, lodging, and all activities are included in the registration cost. The camps offer LOTS of hands-on activities for kids to learn engineering and construction principles. In addition to the technical focus, the programs also emphasize team building, leadership skills, and having fun!
As a means of encouraging students to pursue further studies in science, Chem Contest is an annual event during which some 300-500 high school students compete on a written test of chemical knowledge, and at the same time, Bradley faculty interact with the high school teachers, and facilitate discussions on the subject of teaching chemistry. Following the test, students view an educational chemical demonstration show. This event is co-sponsored by the local section of the American Chemical Society.
In conjuncrtion with the U of I 4H Extension, Bradley is hosting the Science Sleepover as an opportunity for girls in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades to participate in hands on activities in STEM related fields. They attend sessions such as The Physics of Tops, DNA Extraction, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and much more, spend the night on campus and meet other girls with similar interests.
Project Lead the Way is a national not-for-profit organization established to make current middle and high schools and their students more aware of the role engineers play in the workforce and the academic requirements necessary to qualify for entrance into a undergraduate collegiate program. The College of Engineering and Technology has partnered with Project Lead the Way to implement a sequence of pre-engineering courses in selected high schools.
High school students gain real-world experience and an increased understanding of metal materials during the ASM Materials Camp. The camp offers four workshops on microstructure analysis, materials processing, mechanical properties of metals and failure analysis.