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NASA and Drake State collaborate on free STEM bootcamps

The program will support underrepresented middle and high school students

Drake State’s welding bootcamp hopes to spark interest in middle and high school students to consider a future in STEM.

Middle and high school students can enroll in free bootcamps from Drake State Community & Technical College, due to a grant from NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project. The award supports increasing the number of racially or ethnically underrepresented students in science and engineering fields.

Drake State is currently offering three bootcamps, part of the college’s Frontiers Engineering Coalition. They are the machine tool and welding bootcamps, which can lead to mechanical engineering; and the engineering design bootcamp, which can lead to industrial engineering.

“Often students and parents do not realize that many of our two-year associate degrees lead to four-year engineering degrees,” said Karen Ray, director of workforce development. “At Drake State, students get hands-on opportunities that they otherwise may not get somewhere else.”

The bootcamps begin Saturday, Feb. 26. Each program is a free one-day event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes lunch.

Signup for some of the bootcamps is still occurring, although spots are limited. More information can be accessed here:

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