teacher Teresa Smith talks with Ethan Sundown, a sophomore
from Bethel, about installing the keel on a model kayak he
is building in Anchorage on Wednesday. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Twenty youths from 19
communities across Alaska gathered at the Alaska Native Science
and Engineering Program building to work on model kayaks. The kayak-building
assignment is one of the hands-on projects that are part of the
five-week summer mathematics program at ANSEP. The students can
earn college-level credit in math after completing the program.
sophomore Reese Bahnke eyeballs the keel on a model kayak
he is building in Anchorage on Wednesday. (Bob Hallinen /
Some of the students
started participating in ANSEP programs in sixth grade and have
been back every year since. For others, this is their first year.
Students can return to the program, which exposes students from
rural Alaska to careers in engineering and math, until they get
Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP)
ANSEPs objective is to effect systemic change in the hiring
patterns of Alaska Natives in science and engineering by placing
our students on a career path to leadership.