Forsyth Tech STEM: STEM Prep: Rockets to the Rescue NC STEM Alliance at Forsyth Tech National Science Foundation Grant Number 1817433Overview

Deadline: July 27, 2020 or until filled

This is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) focused program designed to prepare rising 11th and 12th graders (including Spring high school graduates who have not yet committed to a school for the Fall), as well as a limited number of 9th and 10th graders and current FT STEM students who are interested in transferring from a 2-yr degree institution and then pursuing bachelor’s degrees in a STEM discipline at a 4-yr college or university. Our funding agency, The National Science Foundation, provides support for this program for student populations defined as historically under-represented in STEM disciplines (URM STEM students). These include the following students: African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. Program support is also provided by the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) to assist in diversifying the STEM workforce.

This is a ½ day program (8:30 am – 12:30 pm Cohort 1 and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Cohort 2) taking place at Forsyth Technical Community College (Main Campus with potential Virtual Plans) from August 3 – 7. A to-go meal is provided. Participants are required to attend all sessions, some of which include sessions on applying various STEM concepts to solve a SARS-CoV-2 problem, including topics of DNA Analysis, bioinformatics, testing, social distancing, and prevention.  A visit to the Biotech lab of FT at Innovation Quarters, a tour of Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, conversations STEM graduate students (all possibly virtual) are also included. Finally, students will present the work they did (and products made) towards solving the problem they identified. All CDC/State social distancing practices will be maintained. PPE will be provided.

Application Process:

  1. Complete applicat There are parts for parent/guardian too. Be sure to:
    • Fill in all current contact information.
    • Ensure all signatures and initials are provided where requested, and boxes are appropriately checked.
  2. Apply digitally by clicking here for the STEM Prep Application Link
  3. Receive email confirmation from Forsyth Tech of your spot in the program within one week.
  4. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email Tandeka Boko, NC STEM Alliance Advisor/Navigator at 336-734-7909 or

Note: This program is paid for by a grant from the National Science Foundation and other contributions from the Forsyth Tech Foundation. As such, spaces are limited and will be filled on a rolling basis until Aug 2nd. So, the sooner you apply, the better your chances of being able to participate.

Click Here to Apply Online


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