ODU launches free global, virtual STEM summer program for all ages

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Old Dominion University announced it has launched its first science and engineering program this summer that is available virtually — and globally.

Nearly 6,000 people have registered for the Remote Experience for Young Engineers and Scientists (REYES) program that runs from June 22 to August 13. Those interested can sign up at any time and the videos of the sessions will be made available.

“We want REYES attendees to be inspired and see themselves in future STEM roles, so they can be the next generation of problem-solvers, inventors and high-tech entrepreneurs,” said Giovanna Genard, assistant vice president for strategic communication and marketing at ODU.

“Thanks to the generosity of ODU faculty and researchers from NASA, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab), Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), Mexican Space Agency, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Huntington Ingalls, who are donating their time and expertise, we are able to offer this program to the public, free of charge, aligning with ODU’s value of providing an accessible and affordable education,” she continued.

REYES was developed with high school and college students in mind, but now, the program is open to motivated individuals of all ages.

To name a few, program topics include astrophysics, artificial intelligence, crime-solving using forensic entomology, multiple engineering disciplines, coronavirus simulation with gaming technologies, psychology, and Python coding.

Activities ranging from trivia and gaming to panel discussions are also included to allow the opportunity for engagement and career exploration.

“Because of the pandemic, many high school and college students had to cancel their summer learning plans. The REYES program provides students with the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research and technology directly from some of the leading scientists and engineers in their fields,” said Raul Briceño, ODU assistant professor of physics and co-chair of REYES.

Registration is still open and participants have the option to sign-up for one lecture or the entire summer program.

The REYES calendar can be found by clicking here.

Aside from Virginia, REYES has attracted people from all over the U.S., Mexico, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Canada, India, United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, Australia, and many other countries.

For more information visit odu.edu/REYES.

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