Imagine walking into an office of engineers, a hospital, or research laboratory and seeing faces that represent the wonderful diversity of our society. Through BOOST (Building Opportunities and Overtures in Science and Technology), we can make this dream a reality!
BOOST is a multidimensional program, serving Durham Public Schools students in 5th through 12th grades, is designed to excite young people – particularly underrepresented minorities, girls, and kids from economically challenged backgrounds – about science and inspire them to pursue careers in medicine and related fields. BOOST is funded through a grant from the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
THE BOOST MISSION:
BOOST aims to create a pipeline which attract, engage, support, and retain underrepresented minority (URM) students in the sciences throughout their pre-collegiate education by exposing these students and their families to new people, places, and experiences that can open new worlds for them. Our goals are to improve the science performance of URM students (particularly African Americans, Native Americans, and Latina/o Americans), female students, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds; upgrade and expand the content of the pre-college science curriculum; and ultimately increase the numbers of URM, female, and economically disadvantaged students prepared for professional education in STEM.
Another Level of Science Outreach:
- Students: Hands-on, stimulating classroom activities, research projects under the guidance of mentors, overnight and local field trips, a summer science workshop, and activities through three targeted, age-appropriate programs for elementary, middle, and high school students and their families.
- Educators: Professional development programs, including teacher training workshops, a summer science workshop, science/research forums, and classroom support.
- College Students: Opportunities to mentor students, teach and provide support in classrooms, and help guide science-based field trips.