What is EAGR?
E.A.G.R. Philadelphia is a new program founded in the Fall of 2012 that facilitates a partnership among UPenn, Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, and The Franklin Institute. Each one of these institutions represents a crucial component in E.A.G.R., because our mission is to connect graduate researchers and faculty members at UPenn with High School students in Philadelphia. The Franklin Institute is Philadelphia’s largest science education center, which provides an ideal location for E.A.G.R. workshops to be held.
Where does EAGR come from?
Currently E.A.G.R. Is the product of meetings and workshops among UPenn, SLA, and TFI. However, the idea comes from a straightforward observation: It seems that The United States (who ranked #18 in 8th Grade Science Literacy in 2012) is full of cities that are simultaneously home to the world’s most advanced academic or medical research centers as well as some of our nation’s most inadequate public school systems.
What is EAGR’s Mission?
Our mission is to connect researchers, faculty members, and other professionals working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines with young scientists and high school students that are a part of our national school system. We believe that for too long these advanced research institutions have existed literally in the same neighborhoods as underfunded public schools who are struggling to keep kids in school, and engage them with interesting topics in STEM disciplines.
Why is EAGR Important?
E.A.G.R. Philadelphia is intended to be a pilot program that can be used as a model for the development of educational outreach programs in other regions of the United States, and ideally across the globe. The idea is simple: In each city we must identify institutions that are actively engaging in STEM disciplines, and connect them with students in their local regions to run workshops, lesson modules, science fairs, and more.
Who stands to benefit from EAGR?
The United States public school systems benefit by having a consistent educational resource to engage students in activities and workshops with real scientists. The students benefit through exposure to advanced topics in STEM disciplines that have real world job placement opportunity. Researchers, Graduate Students, and Faculty have the opportunity to practice disseminating information to the public, gain community outreach experience, and fulfill requirements for broader impacts in their communities.