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Supporting Student Success in STEM

Young Engineer and Scientist (YES) Academy

Young Engineer and Scientist (YES) Academy

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, YES Academy activites are placed on hold.

Established in Fall 2014, the UC Merced YES Academy is an outreach initiative between the UC Merced Fresno Center and the STEM Center. The goal of the YES Academy is to endorse STEM education by connecting UC Merced with local schools. Via demonstrations, lessons and hands-on activities, UC Merced undergraduate students and staff provide academic enrichment and STEM learning opportunities for K-8 students in the San Joaquin Valley. Educational activities are available to all students regardless of socioeconomic status and academic background. Recognizing the need for more females and underrepresented groups in STEM programs and careers, an emphasis is be made to reach out to these students.

The YES team receives a warm welcome in each school and children enjoy working side-by-side with UC Merced students. Survey results and the invitations our undergraduates receive to visit again, clearly demonstrate the success of each event. A sample highlights from one survey of 70 third-grade students from Walnut Grove K-8 school: 

- 73% of students surveyed want to attend college/university when they grow up

- 40% had not heard of UC Merced before our visit

- 89% of students are interested in science and engineering more now than they were before

Activites are scheduled by appointments.

Contact:
Petia Gueorguieva, PhD, STEM Resource Center, UC Merced, pgueorguieva@ucmerced.edu

Note of Appreciation: Brandy Ramos Nikaido and Priscila Villanueva, thank you for your wonderful lead and support for YES Academy!

 

UC Merced Lead Student Organizations: UC Merced student chapters of STEM-related professional organizations leading the YES Academy outreach: 

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) https://catlife.ucmerced.edu/organization/AIAA

Society of Physics Students (SPS), a chapter of American Physical Society (APS) https://catlife.ucmerced.edu/organization/physicsstudents

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) https://catlife.ucmerced.edu/organization/swe

Ingenieros Unidos (IU), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) https://catlife.ucmerced.edu/organization/IngenierosUnidos

 

Solar Energy Association https://catlife.ucmerced.edu/organization/ucmsolarenergy/events?showpast...

 

The MESA Lab https://mechatronics.ucmerced.edu/

 

Location: Elementary schools in Merced, Madera, Fresno, Los Banos, and Patterson school districts

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/UCMercedYES/

Media coverage:
Los Banos Enterprise: Lorena Falasco
Merced City School District: Peterson
Merced Sun-Star: Sheehy
UC Merced Magazine: https://issuu.com/ucmerced/docs/uc_merced_magazine__spring_2016
ABC 30: Yokomi
Fresno Unified School District: Yokomi
The Fresno Bee: Riverview
ABC 30: Riverview
The Madera Tribune: Howard
Patterson Joint Unified School District: Walnut Grove
Engineering Week Kids Day: UC Merced
UC Merced Newsroom: Pioneer Elementary School
El Capitan High School visit to UC Merced: El Capitan School Visit