The summits are on campus events designed to engage students in service learning and/or citizen science projects. The Climate Change Teen Summit (grades 8-12) engages students to learn about climate change science and to develop community science projects that apply their knowledge of climate change issues in their local communities. Sponsored by State Farm, the Science of Soil Summit introduces middle school students to the science behind healthy soil. The program includes a soil assessment done in the students’ communities and reported using a citizen science app.
A STEM program for high achieving young people (grades 9-12) who are underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields. The program, which is in its 11th year of operation, has shown positive shifts in young peoples’ perception of their own participation in science. Pre and post-test results show youth are more interested in working with scientists to solve problems and learning about new science discoveries. The program also increased participants’ perception of science as exciting and their confidence in their ability to do and learn science. See 2019 article on the program.