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LU hosts gO WEST Academy

go westThe Lamar University College of Education and Human Development hosted the gO With Engineering, Science, and Technology Academy (gO WEST) from July 7-11. The free one-week residential camp serves incoming ninth-grade students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Twenty-four students participated in this year’s camp.

“The camp is designed to address the lack of STEM professionals to meet our national needs,” said Otilia Urbina, executive director.

The students live in a Cardinal Village residence hall for one week where they experience college life by exploring Lamar University’s campus, exploring STEM careers, developing PC games, designing programs for LEGO MINDSTORM robots, and interacting with faculty during STEM labs.

“The camp motivates students to pursue higher education by giving them a taste of college life,” Urbina said. “Students are given the opportunity to experience real world, hands-on best practice, and project-based activities that introduce them to careers in STEM anticipating that by experiencing these STEM activities they will possibly pursue careers in STEM.’        Students are eligible to participate if they have completed eighth grade and earned at least a “B” average in mathematics and science. Students are expected to write letters of interest and must be recommended by their mathematics and science teachers.

For more information on the gO With Engineering, Science, and Technology Academy, contact Executive Director, Otilia Urbina at