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
- STAR Academy 2017
Three sessions for the 2017 summer camp of STAR Academywere held at Lehigh University on June 13th, 21st, and 28th, 2017, respectively. Each session consists of a presentation on infrastructure resilience and an education game about emergency manegement. Before the presentation, students were asked to share their experience of bouncing back after a setback and important qualities for people to recover. After that, resilience of infrastructures and communities are introduced in the presentation. Students answered to different interesting questions related to resilience. In the game, at first every student ranked the importance of activities to do after an earthquake, and then discussed with his/her teammates to come up with a team ranking. All students enjoyed discussions on emergency management as a team in a hypothetical earthquake. At the end, the MVP and Excellence in Teamwork were awarded to the best individual player and the best team, respectively.
- STAR Academy 2016
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.