BSSD students pass the Windmill challenge at the ANSEP College Academy


BSSD students participating in the windmill challenge at ANSEP college. Image-ANSEP

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Native Science & Engineering program welcomes 52 students from the Bering Strait School District to its April Middle School. Aiming to develop an early interest in science, engineering, technology, and math, college academies create hands-on learning opportunities for students, such as the Windmill Challenge, which demonstrate how a degree in STEM could be applied to a career within their local communities. .

Throughout the all-expense-paid two-week residential component, students participate in several learning activities focused on team building, critical thinking and creativity. Led by ANSEP staff, the students took part in a wind turbine challenge on Monday April 30, which taught them how wind turbines work to capture energy and convert it into usable mechanical energy. Using limited materials within a set time frame, the students competed to build windmills capable of lifting heavy objects. The 52 students chosen to participate come from 14 rural Alaska communities:

  • Brief Mission: Edward Barr Jr., John Komok, Ashley Olanna, Molly Rock, Kenyon Southall and Anne Wilson
  • Elim: Clara Daniels and Rhoda Kotongan
  • Gambell: Cody Aningayou, Brandi Apassingok, Sadie Booshu and Archie Henry-Apatiki
  • Koyuk: Gavin Douglas, Annie Hoogendorn, Harald Nassuk, Jamie Nassuk Jr., Jason Otton and Chloe Prentice
  • Little Diomedes: Jacob Ahkinga
  • Savoonga: Galen Edwards, Hailey Newhall, Darren Noongwook, Faye Noongwook, Kennedy Olanna and Johanna Yenan
  • Shaktoolik: Skyler Jones, Dawson O’Connor, Naomi Savetilik and Leeta Sookiayak
  • Shishmaref: Rosie Eutuk, Chelsea Fernandez, Clare Jungers, Clarissa Nayokpuk, Seth Nayokpuk, Frank Ningeulook, Tricia Weyanna and Ida Weyiouanna
  • Saint Michel : Mercedes Otten
  • Stebbins: Averon Katcheak and Tegan Tom
  • Cashier: Seth Bell and Elle Garnie
  • Unalakleet: Earl Ivanoff, Kanayaq Ivanoff, Sarah Jones, Landon Katchatag and Antoinette Sarren
  • Wales: Isabelle Pullock-Olanna
  • White Mountain: Tristan Ashenfelter, Raymond Douglas III, James Ione Jr. and Owen Smit

Middle School Academies teach students what it is like to work as a scientist or engineer and demonstrate the role STEM education plays in their daily lives. By exposing students to the college lifestyle from an early age, ANSEP provides students with the confidence and resources to create long-term career plans that include higher education. An additional incentive of the component is the activity of building computers. To further promote enthusiasm for STEM education and provide the opportunity to continue their education after the component, students who stay on track to complete Algebra 1 before high school can keep the computers they build during the course. Middle School Academy.[xyz-ihs snippet=”Adsense-responsive”]“Many students think of math and science just as things you learn in school. Activities like the Windmill Challenge at ANSEP help students understand how STEM impacts their daily lives, such as the windmills that power communities or the plumbing systems that provide clean water. », Said the founder and vice-rector of ANSEP, Dr Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder. “Our goal is to help students realize that with hard work and a college education, they can be the scientists or engineers who deliver these services to their communities. “

ANSEP creates opportunities for students across Alaska to access STEM education and places them on the fast track to careers in these fields. From college level to undergraduate and postgraduate programs, ANSEP systematically improves minority hiring patterns across Alaska.


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