In Appalachian Ohio, we are connected to the land, the communities, the history, and the spaces around us. At Ohio University, we have a long history of encouraging students to be stewards of Appalachia and of the world by connecting them with skillsets and career pathways for the future.
The Appalachian STEM Enrichment Academy provides hands-on STEM learning opportunities and career track development for K-12 students throughout Appalachia Ohio and beyond.
STEM—or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—is important because science is everywhere around us. Students who have a familiarity of STEM topics and an appreciation for how STEM creates opportunity and innovation will be better prepared for their future careers. Through engaging hands-on activities and lessons, the Academy offers teachers, students, parents, and caregivers a unique set of resources to encourage a next generation of lifelong STEM learners who tackle challenges head on. Our lessons follow a “5E instructional model” which facilitates topical connections through engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration, and evaluation (see more at https://bscs.org/bscs-5e-instructional-model/). Our online platform delivers these programs remotely, while fostering an appreciation for the beautiful Appalachian region and the ways students can experience STEM every day.
The Academy is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy EM PPPO, the PORTSfuture Program, the AEP Ohio Foundation, and Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.