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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, AR, VR, 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.

 
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Camp Cultivation is a residential overnight camp, offering high school students hands-on, engaging activities to help them explore the many different agriculture and STEM industry careers available to them. It's packed with lots of fun, field trips, and a chance to live the college experience! Open to rising 11th & 12th-grade students from the City of Danville, Virginia, underrepresented in agricultural and STEM disciplines. This is an opportunity to learn current practice and career opportunities in agriculture, STEM, and conservation and participate in a year-long NRCS Technical Service Provider Program that includes college and career readiness.

​Hosted at Virginia State University, the camp's innovative curriculum provided to participants combines agriculture and STEM education through farming and racing simulation by using 3D virtual reality and AR computer programs and drones and instructional labs.

 
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An essential activity of the Wendell Scott Foundation is its Mentoring Program. The objective of mentoring is to be a development strategy in a youth’s successful path to adulthood. Our structured mentoring program links a supportive individual with young people to build a relationship by offering guidance, support, and encouragement to cultivate the youth’s active and healthy development. Our mentoring program designed around specific goals, such as academic achievement, career preparation, and behavior modification. The mentoring program is tailored fit to meet specific needs and offer exposure through cultural enrichment activities.

 
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