The STEAM Scholars Summer Program returned this year for its 11th anniversary! In collaboration with the East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, A New Leaf, Arizona State University, Mesa Community College, and Mesa Public Schools, this partnership is focused on providing a two-week, academic enrichment program for fifteen rising freshman students, introducing them to the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) aiming to develop the future workforce of tomorrow, and to engage, identify, and mentor our future leaders.

For the second time in the program, MCC students were hired as camp interns to mentor the STEAM Scholars and facilitate introductions and wrap-up lessons each day. The interns taught a lesson on college and career exploration and they also developed and implemented plans to build community and inspire an interest in STEAM fields. We also hosted students and their families for Family Nights, where they learned about Early College Pathways and how to budget for college.

During the two-week program, students toured Dignity Health, Mesa Gateway Airport, ASU Dreamscape, and spent one night in the dorms at the ASU PolyTech campus. When STEAM Scholars were not on excursions, they participated in activities facilitated by MCC faculty and staff including dissecting cephalopods, visiting the MCC Planetarium, learning how to perform first aid CPR, and getting hands-on experience in health and wellness.

Many thanks to the program coordinators, faculty and staff activity leads, and student leaders!