N.C. A &T BEGINS NEW STEM PROGRAM
Chancellor Harold Martin announced Monday that A&T will receive a $1.76 million grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to fund the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center for Active Learning. Martin said the STEM Center will help expand enrollment and enhance student success in STEM courses. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Goldie Byrd, says, “The center will serve as the universities hub for student learning and engagement to share a hands on experience that prepares an increasingly large number of students for careers in the STEM disciplines.” A&T will implement two student center learning models for more than 5,000 students annually. The emporium model and the scale up model for group learning. Byrd says the center will be built to recruit and build a strategic pipeline for high achieving STEM students. It will be housed in the college of arts and sciences and located in a newly renovated space in Marteena Hall. A&T will implement these models beginning in the fall of 2013.According to Byrd, the center will host national symposiums, have summer camps for high schools students, bridge pre-matriculating programs for incoming A&T students, and will retain these students throughout their 4 year matriculation. A&T’s academic unit will prepare a large number of students- -in STEM disciplines in STEM disciplines by providing them with strong foundations for pursuing careers in the STEM studies.The new STEM center will add on to the university’s existing STEM infrastructures across the campus including A&T’s new STEM early college.