Our program was designed to expose middle school/high school students, including minorities and females who are financially or socioeconomically at-risk, to a quality STEM summer camp and/or afterschool program. We have been able to obtain grants to pay for the at-risk students to attend our program at no cost. We hope to continue to offer these opportunities through new grants and /or scholarships from local community service organizations. For those students that are not deemed to be financially or economically at-risk but desire to attend our STEM program, we will have an admittance policy in which a modest and reasonable fee will be charged to help cover the program expenses. Space is limited due to the nature of the hands-on program. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-admitted basis with a waiting list established.
Most of the youth that attends our programs are selected/nominated by one of our partner organizations. These partner organizations include: (1) the school system, (2) the Boys and Girls Club, (2) the local AAU basketball team, (3) a fraternity or sorority, (4) the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council-JCPC, and (5) an IBX STEM staff member. Some of the students return after attending one of our previous programs.
Our curriculum incorporates hands-on learning processes and uses a building block learning approach. To be considered for selection or nomination for a summer camp or afterschool program that the student must: (1) have a positive attitude, (2) exhibit good behavior, (3) attend every day, (4) have a desire to attend, and (5) have some interest in a STEM area.