SCMNS STEM Bear for a Day
The School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (SCMNS) peer mentoring team, Peer BEARS, have recently created a new STEM Bear for a Day Program in which high school students interested in studying STEM shadow a Morgan college mentor, attend class, and tour campus. On November 16, 2018, 54 students from the Science Research and Technology Magnet (MAST) High School in Cambria Heights, New York visited SCMNS, and on December 5, 2018, 113 students from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland also participated. Over 92% of these students expressed interest in majoring in a STEM-related field.
Through the STEM Bear for a Day program, these MAST and Oxon Hill students experienced a day in the life of a STEM major in the SCMNS. They participated in presentations, had a tour of campus, attended real college classes with Peer BEAR Mentors, participated in labs, and ate in the student cafeteria. “Dreams coming true,” said Peer Bear Coordinator, Kevin Antoine, “when I was in middle school you could visit high schools for a day and go to class, however, college visits were limited to just a tour. Therefore I wanted to enhance the student experience at Morgan by matching visiting students with our mentors to experience what it is really like in college life.”
During their visit, four Oxon Hill High School students applied for admission to Morgan and were accepted on the spot. They are: Nadeeah Fleming, Stephani Forrester, Samuel Merrit and Frederick Silvers. “Our first two STEM Bear for a Day visits were a great success,” said Dean Hongtao Yu, “we are excited to welcome these new members to the SCMNS Family.”