SEMAA Hartnell College

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Hartnell College

Established in 2011, the Hartnell College Science Engineering Mathematics and Aerospace Academy is located at Hartnell College, a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution in Salinas, CA. The academy is an innovative national project designed to increase the participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented youth in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The goals of the program are to do the following:

•  Inspire a more diverse student population to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.
•  Engage students, parents and adult family members, and teachers by incorporating emerging technologies.
•  Educate students using rigorous STEM curricula, designed and implemented by NASA.

The key components of the SEMAA program are:

  • Hands-On, Inquiry-Based K-12 STEM Curricula -- Aligned to national mathematics, science, and technology standards.
    -- Encompasses the research and technology of NASA’s four mission directorates.
    -- Provides NASA SEMAA graduates with up to 441 hours of advanced studies in STEM, prior to enrollment in a post-secondary institution.

  • Aerospace Education Laboratory
    -- Places cutting-edge technology at the fingertips of NASA SEMAA middle and high school students.
    -- Engages students in real-world challenges related to both an aeronautics and reduced-gravity research scenario.
    -- Houses real aerospace hardware and software including an Advanced Flight Simulator, or AFS; a laboratory-grade research wind tunnel; and a working, shortwave receiver and hand-held Global Positioning System, or GPS, for aviation.

  • Family Café
    -- Promotes sustained family involvement at NASA SEMAA sites nationwide.
    -- Provides parents and caregivers with relevant parenting and STEM education information.
    -- Provides information to parents and caregivers on other STEM-related programs available for their child's participation, in an effort to maximize student exposure and interest in STEM.

SEMAA is offered as a safe, free, after-school science, engineering and mathematics enrichment project at local schools within the participating school districts. Through this project, students in surrounding school districts will be able to increase their math and science literacy significantly through hands-on, inquiry-based learning activities that are aligned to national science, mathematics and technology standards.

The Aerospace Education Laboratory at the Alisal campus provides students with real-life aerospace challenges involving science, engineering and mathematics. In addition to middle and high school students, the AEL is available at no cost to local engineering students, pre-service teachers, faculty, students, teachers, parents and caregivers, and other community members.

Calendar of Events

Session Dates
June 17 - 26, 2013

Contact Information

Maggie Melone-Echiburu
1752 E. Alisal St.
Salinas, CA 93905
Phone: 831-755-6970
E-mail: mmelone@hartnell.edu
Grade Levels: K-12

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