STEM Centers of Academic Excellence



THF’s STEM Centers of Academic Excellence™ (STEM-CAE) are educational institutions that host THF programs. The mission of STEM-CAE is to identify and/or assist colleges, universities, schools, informal science institutions, youth-based organizations and faith-based institutions with programs designed to enhance the academic success of youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through STEM-based activities, experiences and events conducted in a variety of locations.The Centers will offer project-based inquiry learning experiences designed to engage learners in the knowledge, understanding and application of STEM concepts and principles.

Programs include:
• Residential Summer Academies
• Non-residential Summer Academies
• Leadership Academies
• After School Programs
• Academic Challenges
• Virtual Science Camps

STEM-CAE programs will provide students the opportunity to:
• Enhance their proficiency in mathematics
• Enhance their proficiency in science
• Engage in STEM-based activities designed to increase students’
academic success

Students will also:
• Be exposed to role models and Introduced to careers in STEM
• Learn college and career readiness information
• Investigate real world issues through field trips and field excursions

Emphasis will be placed on:
• Project-based, hands-on, inquiry-based activities
• Communication, critical thinking and problem solving
• Creativity, innovation, and collaboration

THF programs will provide opportunities for students to:
• Learn valuable life skills
• Make new friends
• Discover new interests