CAM-STAR aims to provide a diversified workforce in, aerospace research, and technology development, and streamline the pathway to pursue a professional career at NASA or advanced degrees. To archive this, CAM-STAR offers STEM Outreach Program for high school and Community colleges with a focus on development and implementation of Advance Manufacturing and Space technology. This STEM Outreach Program constitutes the following activities.
NASA OPPORTUNITIES AWARENESS WORKSHOP
NASA Opportunities Awareness Workshop provides interactive sessions on NASA research, education, and career opportunities. It includes invited presentations and panel discussions by invited speakers from NASA and Space Industry. The workshops will also include project-based hands-on activities focused on Advanced Manufacturing (3D printing, Nano-manufacturing) & Space Technologies to increase the STEM awareness and readiness of next-gen workforce.
FEMALE STUDENTS FORUM
CAM-STAR’s one of the goal is to establish UDC as the public university model of urban student success. The CAM-STAR FEMALE STUDENTS FORUM will recruit and support female students, including non-traditional students, in undergraduate to Ph.D. level programs encouraging retention through hands-on engagement with Advanced Manufacturing research and NASA-related activites. It will also strive to graduate students with a valuable engineering degree and workforce credentials in the areas of Advanced Manufacturing enabled space technology and research. The forum will also provide a platform for innovative Advanced Manufacturing based Space Technology Research and holistic training to produce future leaders and lifelong learners, predominantly from female and minority groups.
ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers chapter event for Women Engineers at UDC
High school female students from DC public schools were invited to join a forum and hands-on activity with UDC female students and faculty members. The motive of the forum was to introduce and inspire the female students to the STEM majors and conduct discussion about why choose STEM major.
LABORATORY TOUR AND HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES AT CAM-STAR
CAM-STAR team organizes a Space STEM Outreach Program for local high schools and minority-serving colleges. The STEM teachers and their students from the Maryland-District of Columbia-Virginia (MD-DC-Va) region are invited to visit the UDC campus and exposed to CAM-STAR and other NASA-related programs through research showcase and hands-on activities.
NASA AMBASSADOR OUTREACH ACTIVITIES TO MIDDLE, HIGH SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
CAM-STAR encourages high school students to participate in Advanced Manufacturing and organize a year-around module into the UDC Trio Upper Bound program “Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing and its Applications in Space Technology”, to participate in NASA competitions and to increase the high school students’ awareness of NASA programs. CAM-STAR anticipate that providing Advanced Manufacturing-focused and NASA-related exposure to potential students and faculty members to expand the nation’s base for STEM education and a diverse future workforce for NASA-related fields.
NASA-MIRO: Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Space Technology & Applied Research at UDC (CAM-STAR)
Research Centers at SEAS