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September 2010 Volume 2

Students sync with summer program
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Arizona: Last June, 16 Native American high school juniors and seniors attended in the Native American Science and Engineering Program [NASEP] at the University of Arizona. Students focused on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math. They also learned how to prepare for the college experience.

During the week, students built a desktop computer, used 3D modeling software, built a Galileoscope, and spent the night in Flandrau Observatory. They also learned about STEM careers from IBM and Sandia National Laboratory professionals. 

Besides helping students in the summer program, coordinators also hold college wellness workshops and STEM-related activities throughout the school year.

Since 2009, NASEP has been part of the Indigenous Alliance organized by the University of Alaska. The alliance is a group of universities helping  Native American and Alaska Native students achieve in theSTEM fields. It's funded by  the National Science Foundation, the Ak-Chin Indian Community, the Tohono O’odham Nation, and the UA Office of Early Academic Outreach.

This year's students came from the Tohono O’odham, Pascua Yaqui, White Mountain Apache, Hopi and Navajo tribes.

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