ETSU announces STEM and environmental health programs for high school students

Published 1:45 pm Tuesday, April 16, 2024

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This summer, East Tennessee State University will offer two programs designed to inspire and develop the skills of high school students in the fields of Applied STEM and environmental health. 

The Applied STEM Foundation program is a three-week experiential program that covers computing, digital media, engineering and other STEM concepts. Each week, students will be given the opportunity to explore areas and careers in STEM through classroom lectures, hands-on experiences, various field trips and speaker presentations.  

The program aims to deepen understanding by integrating practical applications with classroom learning, fostering awareness and encouraging active participation in STEM fields. Emphasis is placed on project-based time management, logic and condition statements, terminology used in STEM, engineering concepts, digital design and development and career exploration. Participants also have the opportunity to earn college credit. 

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The program runs from June 3-21 and interested students are encouraged to enroll by May 15 to secure their spot. The cost is $25 with lunch included.   

Additionally, the week-long Environmental Health Lab Experience will allow students to work with ETSU faculty to explore concepts in environmental and occupational health and safety science. 

Through hands-on experiences, students will learn how environmental health impacts what we eat, breathe, touch and drink. Lab activities include well water simulation, stream water sampling and characterization and measurement of indoor air quality.  

The environmental health lab experience is June 3-7 and costs $25 with lunch included.  

Both programs feature morning classroom sessions followed by hands-on activities in the afternoon. Participants will have the opportunity to highlight their learnings in a program showcase, with expert judges awarding prizes in several categories. 

“These programs not only offer valuable learning experiences but also serve as excellent preparatory pathways for students considering majors in related fields in college,” said Dr. Keith Johnson, chair of the Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology and Surveying at ETSU. “From computer science, environmental science and public health to ETSU’s new mechatronics program starting this fall, participants will gain foundational knowledge and practical skills that can propel them towards successful careers in these areas.” 

For more information and to enroll in one of these programs, visit