While many of their friends are hanging out by the pool this summer, about 100 rising sixth through tenth graders in Forsyth County are postponing their leisure time until after the SciTech Technology Institute ends.
From now through June 28, students arrive at Atkins High School for the SciTech program every weekday morning by 8:45 a.m. They spend their days in activities such as laboratory experiments, brushing up on math skills, and learning about careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), before going home at 5:30 p.m.
SciTech is a partnership between Winston-Salem State University and Wake Forest Innovation Quarter (formerly known as the Piedmont Triad Research Park), which helped develop a curriculum that is in line with the N.C. Common Core and essential standards. An important goal of the program is to expose minority students, and students in the community surrounding Innovation Quarter, to a full range of STEM careers.