About the Steer Into STEM Program

The need for high-quality learning opportunities is prevalent everywhere. Technology and media companies consistently need an educated workforce with strong cognitive capacities and digital skills. They need contributors who have both technical skills and knowledge of science, technology, mathematics, engineering, and design. And they need creative thinkers who can help develop new ideas and invent solutions to future challenges.

The Wendell Scott Foundations response to this challenge, the program “Steer Into STEM’ was established in efforts to create high-quality, engaging STEM learning opportunities for youth who live in the Dan River Region.

The Steer into STEM program offers STEM exploration activities such as Racing simulators, Robotics, 3D Printing and Computer Programming, field trips, tours of local STEM facilities such as NASCAR Hall of Fame to name a few, as well as career preparation and counseling tools.

The students meet bi-weekly during the school year and one week in the summer, with transportation being provided by the Wendell Scott Foundation.

The Steer into STEM program culminates in a semi-formal celebratory and presentation dinner. Participants will learn that when one strives for excellence and remains persistent, obstacles can be removed to achieve success.

About Camp Cultivation

The Wendell Scott Foundation, USDA Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) is excited to partner and announce Camp Cultivation! This (3) day residential camp will provide rising 11th & 12th grade
students from the City of Danville Virginia that are typically underrepresented in agricultural and STEM disciplines an opportunity to learn current methods of practice and career opportunities in agriculture, STEM, and conservation, also participate in a year-long NRCS Technical Service Provider Program that includes college and career readiness.

Hosted at Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA, June 23-25, 2019, the camp’s innovative curriculum provided to participants combines agriculture and STEM education through farming and racing simulation by using 3D virtual reality computer programs as well as drones and instructional labs.

The Wendell Scott Foundation in conjunction with community stakeholders will help camp participants erect and sustain high tunnels (greenhouses) in two local housing communities. These will house live plants and allow participants to learn about controlled planting/growing and community engagement. Camp Cultivation participants will have the full college experience by receiving student badges, lodging on-campus, use of school labs, receive free personalized gear from Camp Cultivation, enjoy a campus tour, group projects, games, field trips, guest speakers, a DJ, and much more!

Registration will be open on Monday, March 18, 2019. And additionally, we are seeking current college students or recent graduates as camp counselors. Those interested can send an email to yolanda@wendellscott.org.