STEM bridge program aims to create synergies in STEM education by providing high-school students hands-on study experience with current university professors at local universities for a consecutive 6 to 7 weeks STEM related researching and study program.
"[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world..."
* President Barack Obama, March 23, 2015
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What can CAST's STEM bridge do for you?
Organized by CAST-TX, the program is collectively led by 10 – 15 hosting professors, each professor will form a 4-5 students study group to research on a STEM related topic that has been or will be offered in the university classes.
Students will get great exposure to real research environment and being inspired for creative thinking.
6-7 weeks hands-on experience
Before the class starts, students will choose a research topic, and form a study group with other students in the program that share the similar interest.
Once the study group is formed, the group and together with the assigned professor will decide on the details of how the research will be conducted.
Students will be able to use the university classroom, research equipment, and labs under professors’ supervision.
Competition for Awards
STEM bridge Summer Camp program will host a final symposium for students to showcase their research result.
At the symposium, students will compete for CAST STAR (Science, Tech, Academic Researcher) Awards and the winner will receive STAR trophy.
Students who completed the program will also receive a certificate of completion issued by CAST-TX.
STEM Skills Development
By working with professors and researchers in the lab, students will develop a variety of skills that are essential for STEM students to succeed in collage, such as literature search, data collection, data analysis, design of experiments, technical writing, presentation, and problem-solving, etc.
Non-profit & for the future of our children
The hosting professors are all volunteering their time to sponsor CAST STEM bridge Summer Camp program. Each hosting professor will use their own resources and leverage their expertise to maximize the impact they can bring to the community. All CAST STEM bridge organizers and workers are all volunteers. We are here for the community and our children’s future.
Dr. Dong Qian
Director of STEM Bridge
Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
Computational Mechanics, Multiscale Methods and Applications, Surface Engineering
STEM Bridge Program Host
Professor Of Mechanical Engineering, UT Dallas
Turbulence, Computational Fluid Mechanics, Wind Energy, Drag Reduction, Super Hydrophobic surfaces, Heat transfer
Director, Center for Imaging and Surgical Innovation, UT Dallas
Biomedical imaging and computing, Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, Quantitative imaging: image processing & analysis, segmentation, classification, and registration
Dr. Hongbing Lu
Louis A. Beecherl Jr. Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UT Dallas
Experimental mechanics, Nanomechanics, Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials, Mechanical Behavior of Nanomaterials, Dynamic behavior of materials, Fracture Mechanics
Dr. Weili Wu
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, UT Dallas
Big Data Management and Analysis, Social Networks, Database Systems, Wireless Sensor Networks, Data Mining, Spatial Data Mining, Parallel and Distributed Systems, Algorithm Design and Analysis and Bioinformatics
Dr. Golden Kumar
Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, UT Dallas
Nanomanufacturing, Metallic Glasses, Nanomechanics, Surface Engineering, Phase Transformations, and Photothermal Properties
Professor of Computer Science, UT Dallas
Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, Geometric Modeling and Processing, Physics-Based Deformation, Medical Image Computation, 3D/4D Reconstruction
Dr. Zhenpeng Qin
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UT Dallas
Biotransport, Neuro Nanotechnology, Point-of-Care Diagnostics
Dr. Yaqing Jin
Fluid mechanics, Renewable energy, Fluid-structure interactions, Turbulent flow, Energy-efficient locomotiont
Dr. Matthew Gardner
Texas Instruments Early Career Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Dallas
Power Electronics and Energy Systems
Dr. Armin Zare
Assistant Professor Of Mechanical Engineering, UT Dallas
Modeling, dynamics, and control of large-scale and distributed systems, Optimization, Dynamics and control of complex fluid flows
Dr. Yapeng Tian
Assistant Professor Of Computer Science, UT Dallas
Computer vision and computer audition, and applying the developed learning approaches to broad AI applications
Dr. Shuang Cui
Advanced thermal energy storage materials and systems, Intelligent soft materials/devices
Dr. Yue Zhou
Energy storage, Energy conversion, Advanced manufacturing, Electronic materials and devices
Dr. Majid Minary
Associate Professor Of Mechanical Engineering, UT Dallas
Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Materials Processing.
2023 STEM Bridge Summer Camp Program Details
Each applicant will choose 3 preferred professors. Each hosting professor will decide which students to accept.
Depending on the research project to be announced by the hosting professor, additional cost may occur based on the estimated cost of the materials that might be used for the project in the lab or on the equipment.
The program fee: $950, including the following:
* Each study group’s schedule and study agenda are set by the group professor. The professor may conduct the class virtually, in the classroom, in the research lab, or visiting research related site.
2023 Registration Application
Please choose up to 3 projects/professors preferred. Due to limited number of student allowed with each professor, the professor will select participating students based on their own discretion.
$850 for 2021 STEM bridge Summer Camp
2022 STEM Bridge Summer Camp
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WINNERS OF 2023 CAST-STAR AWARDS
Congratulations to the 2023 CAST STAR (Science Tech Academic Researcher) Award Winners!
Winners of CAST STAR Award:
First Prize Winners of CAST STAR Award:
Second Prize Winners of CAST STAR Award:
Third Prize Winners of CAST STAR Award:
A: The daily schedule is very flexible. It will be discussed and decided between the hosting professor and the family together to work around each other's summer schedule. It can be full day or half day arrangement. As long as the total time put into the project is more than 100 hours in total, it will satisfy the time requirements.
A: We aim to support a wide range of high school students, from K9 to K12, meaning that students will become K10-K12 in the coming Fall 2023. We will ask the hosting professors to tailor the project goals and tasks to fit the student maturity levels.
A: Parents are required to provide student transportation. The daily schedule can be discussed with hosting professor to work around parents' schedule. For example, students can work for a couple of days at school and then work at home for the rest of the time.
A: The project can be a basis for the student to prepare for Science Fair competition. The STEM bridge project can be continued after summer if the hosting professor agrees to support. Such arrangement needs to be discussed with the hosting professor. STEM bridge will provide related science fair information and schedule. For example, Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair has 17 categories to compete for middle school and high school students. Winners can advance to regional and national competition including prestigeous Intel international competition. More information about science fair is available at: www.fwrsef.org, dallassciencefair.org.
Donation from student parents
Chonghui Liu; Zhiyong Li; Li Zhang; Xinxin Sun; Dongjie Huang; Jin Zheng, Lynn Ma; Mei Tong; Yuan Zhang
"Great efforts of CAST for STEM education"
— Michael Weng, Vlife
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