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  • ‘Steps 2 STEM’ program exposes high school students to science careers

    Ten high school students from Sunnyside High School, Pueblo High School, Tucson Magnet High School and Sahuarita High School gave presentations on their research experience in labs across the University of Arizona campus July 14 as part of a “Steps 2 STEM” program. 
    Student presentation at UA
    The students were in the internships thanks to a Pima County-led program training them for STEM-related fields. Dubbed Youth Career Connect, the program is funded by a $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Other partners are the Pima County Joint Technical Education District (JTED), the Sunnyside and Tucson Unified School Districts, Pima Community College, and non-profit partner, Tucson Youth Development. Pima County is the grant awardee on behalf of Innovation Frontier Arizona, which also includes Santa Cruz, Cochise and Yuma counties. 

    At the UA, researchers worked with the students on such issues as water contamination, strokes and factors that may affect strokes, insects and nematodes, and the effect of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in flies.

    Benjamin Richmond, a research technician in the UA College of Pharmacy, said he was “very impressed with the students. They started off unsure of what to expect, and somewhat intimidated by their labs. As the four weeks progressed, I could see the students’ confidence in what they were doing grow. From what they have shared with me in practicing their presentations, I could tell that the students have learned a lot in this experience.”
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