Thursday, January 17, 2013

Rio Salado Launching STEM Mentoring Program

Rio Salado College is launching a mentoring program to help connect students and K-12 classrooms with industry professionals in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The STEM Mentoring Program was created by the Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz), and is funded by a grant from the Arizona Community Foundation.

The grant empowers SFAz to bring together businesses, educators and community leaders in Flagstaff, Tucson and Phoenix to connect scientists, engineers and researchers with 4th-12th grade teachers to develop STEM education experiences.

In the Phoenix area, the Community College Partnership received a $5,000 grant to develop a mentoring model that teams community college students with participating schools.  Participants include Honors students from the Maricopa Community Colleges and Noyce Scholars from Rio Salado College.

The pilot project embraces a 3-part mentoring model that:
  • Creates partnerships between businesses and schools
  • Provides practical project-based learning for students
  • Prepares Arizona students for college and STEM careers

Read the full news release here.