Upward Bound is a federally funded program that assists high school students who will potentially be the first in their families to attend college. Creighton’s role in this program is to offer summer courses for these students. The five-week program involves morning classes in required areas with electives offered in the afternoon.
After the success of the first course, we were asked to offer it again during the summer of 2018. We limited the course to young women to promote their participation in STEM activities. Many of the projects from the previous year were also done in the second year with the addition of design thinking activities and the build of a Raspberry Pi computer to be used for coding.
The program expanded for 2019 as the Radlab taught three classes for Upward Bound: one for young men, one for young women (same content), and one in drone aviation. In addition, we had two Upward Bound interns working along with our other interns in the Radlab.