TXGU Grant: East Texas GEAR UP for Success
Big Picture: Heads up! The Investigations in Math and Science (iMAS) Academy and Discover College program are taking college prep to the next level. Held at Stephen F. Austin University, Texas GEAR UP students spend time at the dual-program camp taking a deeper dive into STEM-based skills, in addition to getting an up-close perspective on what it takes to make the jump from high school to college. Helping to make it all happen is a former TXGU student who, after struggling with that transition himself, vowed to give back to kids who will be in the same boat. The iMAS Academy is the product of an exciting partnership between the SFA STEM Center and East Texas GEAR UP for Success. Together they’ve created a fantastic weeklong program where students immerse in STEM-based curriculum and get a first hand look at a college campus. Not only what the campus looks like, but actually attending classes in a university environment and thus opening young minds to a world of possibilities.
Sample Tool: Our friends at East Texas GEAR UP are sharing their secret sauce. Check out this interactive overview of the program for inspiration.