Over the years, an innovative education program - the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program, has touched the lives of countless Alaskans, both indirectly and, in the case of students involved, leading to fulfilling careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, including students who have earned MD and PhD degrees.
According to ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder, there is considerable value in getting an early start - including getting Algebra 1 out of the way before high school.
"ANSEP has proven that academic success can be tied to exposing students early on to math and science, but that engagement must continue throughout their academic careers. ANSEP is proud to see this bright young group of Anchorage students enter the ANSEP pipeline through Middle School Academy this summer. Our goal is for these students to continue participating in ANSEP components, to get a college degree, then to have successful careers - we know ANSEP can help Alaska's students achieve all of this,"
A six-grader, Ailien Lester of New Halen, and ANSEP Middle School Academy, Regional Director, Yoste Storms came by KNBA to share in their experiences this summer. Listen below: