Through Aim High, high schoolers gain exposure to STEM fields, develop college readiness

Through Aim High, high schoolers gain exposure to STEM fields, develop college readiness


Fifty-two rising high school juniors and seniors will gain exposure to careers in science and technology—and develop college readiness and leadership skills--during Rowan University’s Aim High Science and Technology Program this summer.

Designed specifically for first-generation college students and those from low-income households, Aim High addresses three core elements--personal/social, career, and academic development--as they relate to college and career readiness for high schoolers. Housed in Rowan’s College of Education, the program has an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors and careers.

Senior Aim High, in its third year, runs July 6-August 1 and is a residential program for rising seniors in the five southern counties of New Jersey. During the four-week program, funded through nearly $700,000 in College Access Grant monies from the Commission of Higher Education, students will live on Rowan’s Glassboro campus and earn three college credits as they complete a science course.

Students also will engage in leadership and career development, service learning, group counseling and off-campus activities designed to help them gain an understanding of college life and to help them set personal, college and career goals.

Now in its second year, Junior Aim High runs July 7-24 and will include rising high school juniors from Camden and Gloucester counties. In addition to leadership, team-building and career development classes, students will attend courses in computer science/math and engineering that focus on computational thinking and the building of LEGO robots.

The closing ceremony for Senior Aim High will be Friday, August 1, at 1 p.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of Rowan’s Chamberlain Student Center. The ceremony for Junior Aim High will be Thursday,  July 24, at 1 p.m. in Room 3091 of James Hall.