Students Participate in 4th Annual DoD STEM K-12

Students Participate in 4th Annual DoD STEM K-12/Pokagon Band of Potawatomi/University of Notre Dame Summer Camp

The DoD continues to commit to improving the engagement of underserved populations in STEM efforts

Native American K-12 students recently participated in the 2018 4th Annual Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) K-12/Pokagon Band of Potawatomi/University of Notre Dame Summer Camp at the Jordan Hall of Science on the Notre Dame campus on July 31, 2018 and August 1, 2018. During this summer camp, students enjoyed conducting STEM-related research and learning about a variety of STEM topics, such as physics wind tunnel and solar energy experiments. Additionally, they received lectures on physics and chemistry topics, including learning about the molecular properties of H2O and physics concepts of distance and time. An additional three days were held on the Pokagon Band Indian Reservation in Dowagiac, MI.

This program was established in 2010 by Mr. Greg Chappelle, Michigan DoD STEM Coordinator, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), and has expanded to include STEM K-12 contributions and assistance from major universities with these camps over the years.

The DoD actively seeks to break underserved communities’ educational barriers and gaps by collaborating across the Department, particularly through the Components, to promote interest in STEM disciplines amongst all students and connect them to the proper STEM resources and opportunities to help them excel academically. The Nation’s economy will be strengthened by fostering a diverse STEM environment where innovation can flourish. The DoD is dedicated to developing new and innovative efforts, such as this TARDEC program, to increase underserved students’ interest, motivation, and learning in STEM education.