S.T.A.R. Academy (Students That Are Ready) is an early intervention program designed to enrich and enhance the academic performance of economically and academically disadvantaged and/or at-risk students from the Lehigh Valley. Three Summer Camps are usually held in June at Lehigh University for high school students, who are enrolled in the Bethlehem Area School District. During the three one week camps students will have academic sessions focusing on chemistry, biology, physics, creative writing, etc. Read more
Three sessions for the 2017 summer camp of STAR Academywere held at Lehigh University on June 13th, 21nd, and 28th, 2017, respectively. Each session consists of a general introduction on infrastructure resilience and an education game. In the presentation, students were asked to share their experience of bouncing back after a setback and share the important qualities for people to recover. After that, resilience of infrastructures and communities are introduced. Students answered to different interesting questions related to resilience. In the game, at first every student ranked the importance of activities after an earthquake, and then discussed with teammates to reach an agreement in the ranking. They enjoyed discussions on emergency management as a team in a hypothetical earthquake. At the end, there was a rewarding ceremony to students, who won in the game. More than 20 students of 9th and 10th grades at local high schools participated in each seminar.
Three seminars on infrastructure resilience for the 2016 summer camp of STAR Academywere held at Lehigh University on June 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 2016. In each seminar, a general introduction on infrastructure resilience was given at the beginning, followed by a presentation on understanding interdepedencies among infrastructure systems, and an education game asking every student to rank the importance of activities after an earthquake. At the end, there was a rewarding ceremony to students, who won in the game. More than 20 students of 10th and 11th grades at local high schools participated in each seminar.