Students in grades 10-12 offered summer fun at UAS

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast, in partnership with the Juneau Economic Development Council's SpringBoard program, invites Alaska's high schoolers to apply for twelve days of instruction, fun and outdoor adventure in this coming summer's Discover Design Research @ UAS.

Now in its second year, DDR offers five modules to choose from, each involving extraordinary campus and field-based opportunities for students in grades 10-12 to develop interests in and to learn about science, technology, engineering and math from Southeast Alaska's finest instructors and scientists.

Four of the modules offer experiences in exceptional Southeast Alaska places that are especially well suited for active field research.

Module activities include delving into different areas and ecological aspects of Glacier Bay, gathering real-world climate change data from a variety of locations near the terminus of Davidson Glacier south of Haines, accompanying renowned Southeast author, artist and GIS expert Richard Carstensen and NOAA's ShoreZone aerial mapping team on a GIS mapping project, and studying marine mammals; and a residential college campus experience in which the students will explore the mathematical universe of logic, theory, systems, geometry, probability and statistics with UAS faculty members Andrzej Piotrowski and Brian Blitz.

All modules begin on June 13 at the UAS campus and conclude at UAS's Egan Lecture Hall on June 25 with presentations of findings by all participating students. The field modules depart on June 16 for their respective destinations by boat, ferry or floatplane.

With just 48 spaces among the five modules, students are encouraged to register early. Competition in the application process heats up with a required teacher reference and an essay that describes why each student wants to participate.

To learn more or to apply, visit or call Becca Parks at 907-523-2334.

To learn more about the Juneau Economic Development Council and its SpringBoard programs, visit or contact Larry West at 907-523-2328 or

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