Converse College and the Legacy Charter School have partnered to increase STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) literacy within Legacy’s Early College High School division.
The program will bring Legacy students to the Converse campus for laboratory experiences, mentoring and career exploration each month during the academic year. During the field trips, Legacy students will interact with Converse faculty and student mentors, and with professionals in STEM fields from across the Upstate.
The partnership extends the reach of Converse’s STARS program (science, technology and research scholars), which encourages interest in scientific research careers by pairing Upstate-area high school students with Converse faculty for long-term, in-depth science and technology projects.
“Legacy students will have an immersive academic experience working hands-on in Converse biology laboratories,” Dr. Neval Erturk, Converse chair of biology, chemistry and physics, said. “They will be mentored by Converse faculty and interact with Converse students. The experience will provide Converse students with valuable mentoring skills and training as they prepare for their own careers after graduation.”
Monthly field trips to Converse will focus on topics such as nutrients in food, DNA, genetic counseling, antibiotic effects and herbal extracts, leaf pigments, and natural selection.