Delaware Tech's TRIO Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS) program traveled to the Space Center University in Houston, Texas from June 17-23, 2017. Thirty-five students representing 15 New Castle County high schools attended this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The UBMS program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in STEM subjects, encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in STEM-related professions. Key components of UBMS projects include exposure to academic programs and cultural enrichment activities typically unavailable to students with disadvantaged backgrounds.
The average GPA of the student participants is 3.7. The students completed a 2-year rigorous trip criteria including regular participation in the Upward Bound Math Science program, attendance at a monthly Saturday College, attendance of a 6-week Academic Summer Enrichment Academy, an essay, and attendance at various STEM fairs in the region.
During the trip, the students participated in Space Center University's challenging five-day engineering mission that facilitates teamwork, problem solving, communication and adaptation to unexpected problems. Students developed tools to improve their critical thinking skills, creativity and fiscal responsibility and drive to be successful.
"This life changing experience transcends beyond building thermal and cryogenic testing, building a rocket, designing a habitat to survive on Mars, and coding a rover on the moon," said Natalie Washington, Operation Manager, Workforce Development and Community Education. "Our students were required to communicate, collaborate, and problem solve while adapting to unexpected changes - an accurate assimilation of the real world."