STEM Bridges: Evolution of an Academic Library STEM Outreach Program

Kenya Flash, Melanie Allen, Thura Mack, Kristina Clement
2017 Journal of Library Administration  
Big Orange STEM Saturday (BOSS) is a sustainable model of outreach that fosters the STEM cycle of discovery and learning experiences. Through this program, the library creates and reinforces a bridge between secondary educational experiences and higher education that facilitates the transfer of knowledge from the classroom to the world. Local high school students are able to engage with experts in several different ways to explore what STEM has to offer and to look beyond their current
more » ... ir current experiences. This approach creates a venue for STEM teaching spaces outside of the school classroom for enrichment and innovation. Over the past 5 years, the variety of experiences offered at BOSS have expanded and the reputation of the program has grown. This article explores the challenges, lessons, and impact that this program has had on its constituents, with a particular focus on the impact the library can have when exploring nontraditional areas of support and outreach.
doi:10.1080/01930826.2017.1374105 fatcat:kpjtdgw2hvckrimbmu7kqrvkxu