June 29, 2022
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Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VSU Introduces Migrant High School Students to STEM, College Life

Students attending the Georgia Migrant Education Program’s Migrant Education Summer Leadership Academy at Valdosta State University participated in a number of hands-on STEM-based learning opportunities, including Sea Perch, an engineering project run by the Office of Naval Research’s National Naval Responsibility for Naval Engineering Program.

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VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University recently welcomed 30 high school students to campus for the Georgia Migrant Education Program’s Migrant Education Summer Leadership Academy. During the two-week residential program, the students participated in a variety of experiential learning activities designed to increase their knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, while also introducing them to college life.

Among their many activities was Sea Perch, an engineering project run by the Office of Naval Research’s National Naval Responsibility for Naval Engineering Program. Working with Dr. Tom Manning, a professor in VSU’s Department of Chemistry, the students used computer-aided design software to create a remotely operated underwater vehicle. Then they constructed their vehicle using a variety of tools and equipment.

The Georgia Migrant Education Program’s Migrant Education Summer Leadership Academy is a federally funded program through the US Department of Education’s Office of Migrant Education. Phenix Culbertson with VSU’s Office of Career Opportunities and Volunteer Services, organizes and directs the program on campus each summer.

Read The Valdosta Daily Times Story: https://bit.ly/3y2cvkz

Watch the WALB Report: https://bit.ly/3yrwpH8

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