EAPrep Partners with Time Warner Cable to Prepare Students for High School
This week, East Austin College Prep kicked off the STEP UP to STEM Summer Program in partnership with Time Warner Cable's Connect A Million Minds Initiative-- in support of addressing America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). STEP (Summer Transitional Enrichment Program) targets rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade students as they navigate the often difficult adjustment from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school by offering an academically rigorous and community-building summer experience.
"The school administration saw the importance of celebrating and supporting the transition from middle school to high school," says Joycelyn Jurado, Director of East Austin Children's Promise an initiative from Southwest Key Programs that provides East Austin College Prep with wraparound services like the school's summer programming. "We want to meet the physical, mental and emotional development needs that happen in this period of a young person's life."
The four-week camp will focus both on strengthening academic skills related to STEM and developing leadership and transition management skills designed to address this critical transition period in the lives of the students.
In the next few weeks, students will visit several museums and companies in Central Texas including McKinney Roughs Outdoor Center, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, and the Texas Museum of Science and Technology. Field trips provide a hands-on experience for the students with direct access to experts utilizing authentic tools and materials in a given field. "We hope students are able to gain an experience that bridges the real world and the classroom," says Jurado.
"Time Warner Cable provides us with resources that make our learning opportunities authentic and impactful. We are very excited to have them support our inaugural 2015 STEP-UP camp this summer that focuses on scientific methods and leadership skills designed to address a critical transition period in the lives of these students," says Jurado.