Students from the U.S. and MENA region are guided by mentors and have access to world-class STEM learning resources as they work in teams on Launchpad – the Academy’s virtual collaboration platform. Through challenge-based learning, they build their scientific research and critical 21st century skills, as well as form dynamic networks to support their journeys to become the next generation of STEM leaders.
Students work in self-formed U.S. and MENA teams to develop solutions to a health and nutrition challenge. Throughout the project, they communicate virtually, either synchronously (live) or asynchronously, as they deepen their topic-area knowledge, work through the scientific process to test and develop their ideas and prototypes, receive mentorship and advice from STEM experts on the platform, and create thorough presentations of their final solutions. The winning teams are awarded travel scholarships to attend a 2.5 day summit in New York City to meet with mentors, hear from industry leaders, and forge strong bonds with STEM-passionate peers. Through the Junior Academy experience, students establish a global network of like-minded peers, have a real-world experience to put on their school applications, and deepen their appreciation for talent that exists outside of their own countries.
- Number of Participants: 3,000
- Participant Age Group: High School/Grades 9-12
- Partners in the Middle East and North Africa: Jordan – The Royal Health Awareness Society; Egypt, Lebanon, and the UAE – The Royal Health Awareness Society and their partner Mentor Arabia
- Project Duration: April 2021– July 2023