Finding Our Way - WCSU STEM

About The Program


“Finding Our Way” Science Experience

For K-12 Graders & Their Families

Finding Our Way (FOW) Builds STEM Communities of learning by connecting Western Connecticut State University STEM resources with partnering stakeholders, teachers, and families. 

Using NOAA funding, FOW started as an informal middle school STEM experience program that provided access and opportunity to quality summer programming and Saturday Family Science programming. Outcomes have included inspiring young minds enough to win nationally recognized competitions In The News  and regional environmental stewardship competitions Stewardship Projects & Competitions. Outcomes have also included the development of resource kits (tried and tested by teachers) school kits that can be borrowed by educators for their classes. Restoration projects have repurposed open space to improve recreational value and ecological complexity.

Families have accessed our resources and faculty to help gain direction and advice for personal development and growth as well as academic support and college readiness for their children. Our goal is to help everyone, especially those who are furthest from opportunity. Currently we are focused on increasing academic success in advance placement of all students. Please see our call for summer 2022-SWSA-student-application

Students are selected for the program in the spring of their 6th-grade year through an application process that includes an essay and formal application.

Finding Our Way Summer Experience 2018

Finding Our Way Summer Experience 2017