The camps are now the signature outreach program of the department and one of the most successful K12 outreach initiatives of the University. The goal of the program is to engage young minds in the wonders of science, bioengineering, and the potential to benefit the human condition while also showing them that STEM can be a fun and exciting field of learning with promising career opportunities.
We seek to engage diverse groups of students, particularly those who come from backgrounds that are largely underrepresented in STEM fields, namely minorities and women. Relying on the departments partnerships with UPMC, the Bioengineering Summer Camps curriculum utilizes regenerative aspects of the natural world and current topics in bioengineering to explore how state-of-the-art research can be applied to human medicine and treatment.
Our near-peer mentorship strategy integrates excellent undergraduate bioengineering students from Pitts Swanson School of Engineering as content creators and camp counselors. Each year, we aim to provide middle and high school students who have burgeoning interests in science with an exceptional opportunity to learn about bioengineering and regenerative medicine through hands-on experiences with new technologies, experimental strategies, and ethical considerations in the diverse fields of bioengineering and regenerative medicine.
We launched a diversity outreach initiative with the support of several sponsors that included an additional week of Bioengineering Summer Camps specifically for Pittsburgh-area students who are underrepresented in STEM fields.
Since the first year we went on the road to offer camps to an underserved community in Greensboro, N. As government support diminished during the recession, we had to put this dream on the back burner while we transitioned our major funding source to local industry and foundation partners.
Thankfully, that transition paved the way for additional support in such that we could once again consider the idea of providing a week of camp at no charge for Pittsburgh students from the city and from primarily low-income districts.
Based on our North Carolina experience, we realized that there are a number of major barriers that limit underrepresented participation in STEM. Those barriers that were within our control to address included cost; accessibility and transportation; and the perception of isolation that many underrepre-sented students say they feel when engaging in a camp where the majority of students are wealthy, suburban, nonminority students.
We were able to address these issues by making the one-week camp completely free including meals to underrepresented students and moving the program to the Citizen Science Lab in downtown Pittsburgh.
Next, we needed to get the word out. For this, we turned to local teachers in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and networked through local churches. The latter strategy was the most successful, with 12 of our 16 campers finding out about us in this way.
It was especially fruitful because we could engage with both potential campers and their parents simultaneously.
Overall, the additional week of camp offered through our first diversity initiative was a tremendous success. Of our 16 campers, 14 were able to attend all day for the full week. In addition to the very positive feedback that we received from campers and their parents, we were success-ful in raising more widespread awareness in the underrepresented community about our program and its improved accessibility.
This was highlighted in an article about the camp published in the New Pittsburgh Courier1, one of the oldest and most prestigious Black newspapers in the United States. Moreover, we were able to obtain some very useful data about this first cohort of underrepresented students see the report following this summary that suggest that the experiential impact of camp activities was even greater for underrepresented students in comparison with other students.
In addition, our recruiting efforts even resulted in increased underrepre-sented student participation during the three weeks of camp that are regularly offered at the University of Pittsburgh relative to previous years.
In total, our camps hosted 90 Western Pennsylvania campers over four weeks. Of those, 41 were female and 24 were from backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM.bioengineering summer camps | annual report 1 u n i v e r s i t y o f p i t t s b u r g h | s wa n s o n s c h o o l o f e n g i n e e r i n g | d e pa rt m e n t o.
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