Dec. 19, 2011
Registration deadline for Upward Bound Math and Science program is Feb. 14
The Upward Bound Math and Science program at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville – a free, hands-on learning experience for eligible high school students in grades nine through 11 – returns to campus Saturday, June 2, through Saturday, July 14.
High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors desiring challenge and enrichment in math and science should apply as soon as possible. The postmarked application deadline is Feb. 14.
Applications may be completed and downloaded from the Upward Bound Math and Science Web site at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/dept/ubms/. Project Counselor Linda Davison advises students to thoughtfully consider the short essay questions before printing and mailing the application.
Students from the following schools are eligible for the Northwest UBMS program:
- Falls City High School
- Johnson-Brock High School
- Doniphan West High School (Highland)
- Turner High School (Kansas City)
- Bedford High School
- Clarinda High School
- East Mills High School (Malvern)
- Mt. Ayr High School
- Red Oak High School
- Shenandoah High School
- Sidney High School
- North Nodaway R-VI High School (Hopkins)
- North Andrew High School (Rosendale)
- Mid-Buchanan High School (Faucett)
- Worth County High School (Grant City)
- Kansas City schools including:
- Lincoln College Prep Academy
- Northeast High School
- St. Joseph schools including:
- Benton High School
- Central High School
- Lafayette High School
All student expenses are covered for the six-week camp, including round-trip mileage and admission for weekend field trips. Previously, students have participated in team-building activities at the Missouri Outdoor Education Recreation Area near Maryville and visited the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., as well as Kansas City-area attractions like Worlds of Fun, Science City, Starlight Theater and Royals baseball games.
Funded through the U.S. Department of Education, the UBMS program at Northwest has served young people from the four-state area since 1992. Students, parents and teachers agree that attending the camp can be a life-changing experience.
“Students go back to their home high schools with greater motivation, confidence, self-esteem and a direction for their lives,” Davison said.
Years after graduating from high school, former students testify that summers spent at UBMS were the best of their lives. Campers experience far more than hands-on math and science projects. They also learn to become self-reliant while developing leadership and social skills.
Participants live in a campus residence hall where they are supervised by qualified and successful college students. Skilled college and high school instructors teach a variety of math and science topics in an environment that minimizes stress and maximizes the joy of learning.
Justin, a Falls City High School student who participated in UBMS during 2010 and 2011, wrote in a letter to Upward Bound directors, “Never before have I learned so much without even realizing it. The teachers are more than willing to help you in whatever way possible, and the material is more than your high school chemical equations and polynomials. There's a topic to pique anybody's interest. …
“I also believe that the heart of all of the lessons UBMS has to offer lies within your peers. UBMS picks you up and throws you into a crowd of complete strangers, and for those of you that come from a small town with little diversity (like me), this crowd is almost overwhelmingly diverse. By the end of the six-week session, these people become some of the best friends you could ask for.”
The program offers numerous benefits, including:
- Hands-on learning that makes the curriculum exciting and memorable
- A focused math and science setting
- Exposure to a variety of math and science topics
- Expert, engaging instructors who use innovative team teaching techniques
- Access to a laptop computer in every residence hall room
- Access to university recreational and academic facilities
- Field trips
- The chance to make new friends from other schools
- A student stipend during camp and each semester of the academic year
- Reduced anxiety about attending college after graduating from high school
- Mentoring relationships with college students and instructors
- Possible participation in the “Bridge” program, the equivalent of receiving a $2,000-plus scholarship
For more information about the six-week summer Upward Bound Math and Science camp at Northwest, call 660.562.1630 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Send e-mails to Davison at email@example.com or Assistant Director Karen Woodard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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