Inspiring Bridgeport’s Next Generation of Doers
An after-school program for STEM-oriented students enrolled in Bridgeport Public Schools
STEM Accelerators: Future Innovators is an advanced after-school program for Bridgeport Public School students in Grades 5 and up. Students are vetted by their teachers and are selected as 5th graders through an application process that involves an essay and sometimes an interview. Students are bused weekly to the Museum from their schools for 90-minute workshops that cover an array of STEM content designed to challenge and inspire participants. Students have the option to remain in the program throughout high school and take on mentoring and leadership roles as STEM Ambassadors to fellow participants in younger grades.
We are very proud to be entering into our seventh year of providing participants with a safe and welcoming environment that allows them to come out of their shells and learn cool science with their peers. The STEM Accelerators program has introduced students to coding, 3-D printing and design, astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, and so much more. Our students have dissected sharks, coded robots, built and launched rockets, and mapped the stars. Many of them have self-selected to participate in local and regional science fairs and competitions, utilizing our expertise and resources to complete their projects. Additionally, all STEM Accelerators are offered scholarships to Discovery’s summer programs so they can focus on the STEM areas that interest them the most.
We would not be able to provide this impactful program without the generous support of our funders. STEM Accelerators: Future Innovators has received funding in this past year from foundations and corporate donors including People’s United Community Foundation, PSEG Foundation, and Sikorsky.
Additional corporate and foundation support will allow us to serve more students and grow the impact of this program. Contact Sarah Tropp-Pacelli, Director of Education and Strategy, to learn more about how you can join our community of support for this or other STEM Learning Programs. Sarah can be reached at 203.372.3521 ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.