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B2-CARS at Delaware State University

Program Description

Biology, Bioinformatics, Chemistry Academy Research Summer Program (B2-CARS) at Delaware State University will integrate hands-on discovery activities in chemistry, biology, and bioinformatics with a real-world laboratory research project in human health through wastewater remediation. This program will directly impact 48 interested middle school students from federally recognized underrepresented groups, four middle school STEM teachers and four STEM undergraduates in Delaware each year.

Four middle school teachers will be selected and will serve as B2-CARS ambassadors. As they return to their respective schools to integrate and implement bioinformatics tools in their classrooms, they could potentially impact 100 additional students per year. The teacher ambassadors will implement a newly-developed NGSS-aligned, interdisciplinary STEM curriculum that includes fun, hands-on activities in their classrooms. The long-term goal of the project is to increase the number of underrepresented students entering college and majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), thereby addressing the problem of under-representation of minorities in these fields. This research study will investigate the ability of a culturally-responsive STEM summer program in the area of wastewater remediation to increase participants’ knowledge in STEM, enable participants to hone 21st-century skills, and positively influence participants to attend college (both undergraduate and graduate school) and major in STEM. 

Program Goals 

  1. To increase STEM knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy in groups of underrepresented minorities in middle school.
  2. To increase student participants’ interest in science through hands-on problem solving of water remediation, and foster scientific ways of thinking that involve risk-taking, openness and seeking questions as well as answers.
  3. To introduce a group of STEM teachers to the computational tools of bioinformatics and increase their comfort with exercises and activities that link computers, math and biology.
  4. To provide an opportunity for young scholars to interact with diverse scientists, teachers, career professionals and college students who can serve as role models and dispel misconceptions about careers in STEM.

Middle school students (rising 7th and 8th grade) who are underrepresented minorities, who are interested, or curious, about STEM, and who live near Dover, Delaware, can access more information here: B2-CARS/student (forthcoming)

*Parents click here for frequently asked questions. (forthcoming)

Undergraduate Students who are majoring in S.T.E.M. with a 3.0 GPA can access more information here: B2-CARS/undergrad

Apply here


Middle school S.T.E.M. teachers who teach 7th and 8th grade in Kent County, Delaware can access more information here: B2-CARS/teacher

Apply here