If you have been able to check out our video on the homepage, you know that i-Trek has important ambitions for the underserved communities studying STEM. The money we raise is primarily targeted toward two components, the Trek research program and community outreach. The Trek is at minimum a two-week long opportunity for select undergraduates to participate in research they select and define, while receiving guidance to better understand what will be required of them in STEM professions or if they want to succeed in graduate school. The hands-on experience our “Trekkers” are given during the Trek is invaluable experiential knowledge, an absolute must for acceptance into a good graduate school, and is often a hurdle for the underserved and underrepresented communities. The Trek aims to assist its students in closing the experience gap, and we need your support. Funds raised will help provide the necessities to execute a successful Trek, such as lodging, travel, meals, and research materials.
i-Trek is also proud of its work in the schools. Please see i-Trek In The Schools for more information about our work in the community. A generous grant we received from MIT allowed a purchase of various science kits that were used for Saturday sessions held in one of Boston’s charter schools. Students had the opportunity to spend an afternoon, under the instruction of our MIT student volunteers, learning hands-on about STEM in ways the schools cannot often provide on their own. This was such a success that we have been asked to bring this program to other schools. Your contributions towards this effort are vital to the community– especially its students.
If you have any questions about i-Trek and donating, or if you’d like to volunteer to help with fundraising please contact: Fundraising [at] i-Trek [dot] org
Photos below are from our benefit dinner held at MIT on May 9th, 2014, where we raised twice our target amount! Thank you to those who attended.
The 2016 Benefit Raffle is scheduled for April 15th. Great raffle items available! Details coming soon.
Thanks to a generous grant we received from MIT, i-Trek was able to purchase various science kits that were used for sessions held in one of Boston’s charter schools. In effort to bring hands-on activities vital to keeping students interested in STEM, students were taught under the instruction of our MIT student volunteers in ways that often cannot be provided by the standard instruction. The sessions proved such a success that we have been asked to bring this program to other schools. I-Trek hopes to continue these activities in the future. Please check back for more of i-Trek in the schools.
On Thursday, May 8th, 2014, we went to an elementary school in Cambridge to share how fun STEM can be. The children made bracelets that lit up and then decorated them. What a fun time we had! Hopefully, the STEM seed has been planted.