Youth STEM Program Makes CSU Proud

Youth STEM Program Makes CSU ProudYoung students learning the fundamentals of engineering through a unique outreach program run by the Chicago State University (CSU) Engineering Studies Program took home several awards at the Ten80 Education Student Racing Challenge NASCAR STEM Initiative, held at the National Society of Black Engineers 2015 National Convention in Baytown, Texas.

The goal of the PREP Program is to use the educational resources of Chicago State University to have a positive impact on pre-college students beyond just the walls of the classrooms  and to help future college graduates build a strong foundation in science and technology. The next generation of students will need to be more literate in science and technology based jobs in order to compete in the global economy and programs like PREP are a great way to get young people started early on a path that will lead to lucrative careers in STEM based industries.

The CSU PREP/STEM program invites students from grade 6-12 to Saturday at CSU where they are exposed to science, technology, engineering, and math activities. One such activity is the Ten80 Student Racing Challenge, where students work together in teams to build electric radio controlled cars that are later used in a simulated professional stock car race. The exercise gives students a hands-on education in electronic engineering, aerodynamic and mechanical design and renewable energy while also teaching them about the importance of collaboration and project management.

CSU sent three award winning teams, each which took home individual awards in their respective categories and were recognized for excellence in curriculum and leadership.

Youth STEM Program Makes CSU ProudYouth STEM Program Makes CSU Proud