NMU is hosting its second "Reimagine STEM Summer Youth Academy" June 16-29. Students who have completed grades 10-12 will learn creative ways to approach science, technology, engineering and math based on Native American traditions, culture and knowledge. The academy includes one week on campus with learning activities led by NMU faculty and Native American elders, followed by one week at Camp Nesbitt.
Classes begin Monday, June 18. They include Anishinaabe language, aquaponics, sustainability@home, brain science, social psychology, cultural wellness and college, intro to Native studies and martial arts. They are being held on a rotating basis from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30-5 p.m. The Center for Native American Studies and the NMU Diversity and Inclusion Office are co-sponsoring this event.
The goals of the academy are to address the lack of inclusivity of American Indian teaching methods within sciences education curricula and the low numbers of American Indian/Alaskan Native female students graduating from four-year universities, specifically within the STEM fields. Students attend for free and earn college credit.