Project ENGAGES is a high school science education program developed at Georgia Tech by the National Science Foundation STC on the Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems, a center that is part of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering & Bioscience in partnership with Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy and B.E.S.T Academy, two minority-serving public high schools in the City of Atlanta.

The main program goals are to:

  • Raise the awareness of students to the world of biotechnology through real-world, hands-on research projects led by top notch Georgia Tech scientists and to the career path possibilities in engineering and in the bio area
  • Improve the schools’ current science education program through direct interaction with the science classes at the two high schools and through a teacher training initiative that immerses teachers in ongoing research within Georgia Tech’s bioengineering laboratories

The future of the U.S. “rests” on being at the forefront of science and technology and to do this requires that we have a STEM-educated workforce. It also is recognized that the most creative engineering teams are the ones that are the most diverse. With the changing demographics of the U.S. it is critical, and it is also our motivation, that we bring underrepresented populations into the STEM fields to inspire them to aspire for high achievement and success.

Related Information:

Project ENGAGES website

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