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T3 Alaska Program

January 16, 2024, Fairbanks, Alaska – The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is accepting applications for the Upward Bound/T3 Alaska Summer Program. The Upward Bound (UB) Summer Program is available at no cost to all students at participating schools who are interested in learning about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) careers and pursuing post-secondary education. To best meet the needs of new and returning students, the program has an introductory and advanced session.

Deadline extended. We have space available in the Remote Sensor Strand in June and Ocean Strand in July.

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“We are excited to host another fantastic summer learning opportunity for students in Alaska. Every year I am amazed at how much the kids learn, grow, and experience during our time together,” said Adam Low, Director of Upward Bound and T3 Alaska Director. “We work hard to put together programs that provide students the opportunity to give back to their community.”

The first session, Introduction to T3 Experience, is held June 2-29 and welcomes students who have completed grades 8-10 and are new to the Upward Bound and T3 Alaska programs. The Introduction Session has three strands that explore earth monitoring sensors, drones, and Makerspace equipment.

The second session, Advanced T3 Community Engagement, is held July 7-24 and invites advanced students who have completed grades 10-12 or are returning summer program students who seek to continue their learning. Students attending the Advanced Session will apply their knowledge to concepts relating to energy, climate, and oceanic concerns. Advanced students can apply for a work-study stipend.

Students who attend either session of the UB Summer Program will travel to sites such as Fairbanks, Anchorage, Valdez, Cordova, Chena Hot Springs, and Kotzebue. An important component of the program is in-the-field experiential learning with off-campus field trips. In addition, students will tour the UAF campus, learn new technology skills, participate in research, and engage with community partners. The UB Summer Program encourages personal growth, teaches marketable skills, and integrates students into communities for future intern and career opportunities.

Many Alaska Upward Bound programs utilize T3 Alaska approach to educate students in STEM technology and to provide pathways for students to meet community partners and address real-world problems. UAF is thankful for the collaboration and partnerships with the Alaska Blue Economy Center, Juneau Icefield Research Program, Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), Chena Hot Springs geothermal facility, Alaska Center for UAS Integration (ACUASI), the Alaska Earthquake Center, Alaska Department of Transportation, and Denakkanaaga.

The application will be available on February 7 on airtable. and Deadline to apply is March 1, 2024. Space is limited. Participating schools include Angoon School, Bethel Regional High School, Brevig Mission High School, Chevak School, Chief Paul Memorial School – Kipnuk, Cordova High School, Haines High School, Kotzebue Middle-High School, Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat – Quinhagak, Kusilvak Career Academy, Mt. Edgecumbe High School – Sitka, North Pole High School, North Star College, Seward High School, Shishmaref School, Valdez High School, and Wrangell High School.

About Upward Bound
The Upward Bound Program is a federally funded program designed to assist low-income, first-generation high school students. The goal of the Upward Bound program is to improve the graduation rates of high school students and increase the number of graduates who enter colleges and universities. The program consists of an academic year program and a summer residential program.

About T3 Alaska
T3 Alaska provides Upward Bound programs with an adaptable framework to meet UB student education and career path goals. The T3 Alaska program teaches students technology skills – teaching through technology or T3 – within a safe learning “makerspace” environment. T3 Alaska extends into the community with collaborative partnerships that give students opportunities to apply these skills to real-world problems. These connections strengthen communities with new and creative student solutions for future and existing problems while providing students with practical applications to apply their technology skills.


Media Contact:
Brian Reggiani
Associate Director UAF Upward Bound
Alaska T3 Alliance Director of Student Engagement
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Cell (907) 947-7208

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