Victoria Hand, assistant professor of the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, developed the STEMsation Mentor Training Program with funding support from the school’s Women Investing in the School of Education (WISE).
The STEMsation mentoring program provides promising high school sophomores from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to develop effective learning strategies from university faculty and to mentor middle school students in innovative, hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning activities. The goal is for students to develop a deeper understanding of math and science and to build confidence in their capabilities.
About 20 sophomores from two high schools were trained as mentors for the Science Explorers program. The students met with CU-Boulder undergraduate STEM majors from non-dominant backgrounds and took a campus tour April 6.