Columbia University STEM Program
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County partnered with Columbia University to implement the Columbia University in STEM Program. The purpose of the program is to prepare motivated high school students from typically underrepresented populations for STEM studies in college in collaboration with industry leaders throughout the country.
Faculty and staff from Columbia University traveled to Miami to host 21 Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County male and female teens for the week-long program. During the program, Club Members learned how to build their own website or app using the Python computer language. Facilitators also reviewed the college application process and shared how to make their applications more competitive. The participants also met with STEM professionals and academics to gain insights into how to gain access to different STEM fields.
The facilitators completed pre and post surveys to measure the program’s impact. Based on the presurvey, 85% of Members were completely interested or somewhat interested in pursuing a STEM major. According to the post-survey, 91% of Members were completely interested or somewhat interested in pursuing a STEM major.
“Personally, I had a tremendous time at this Columbia University STEM program. I learned a lot of information, gained extensive research skills, and met amazing friends. We had a wonderful staff, and I wish the best of luck to the future participants of the program. I love Columbia University STEM,” said Adriana R., who is a Club member at the Marti Huizenga Club.