NPI enhances STEM awareness and consideration for students, education professionals, and industrial employers through a Network of Engagement.
The K-12 Engagement programs include the following:
- Workforce Industry Training (WIT)
- This program is for high school students who have an interest in expanding their knowledge and understanding and/or careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). More specifically, the program is designed for mentoring and encouragement to prepare students for STEM-rich programs at universities, two-year technical colleges and technical certificate programs. By participating in WIT, students gain exposure to higher education and career opportunities while building the confidence to consider further STEM education. While the founding emphasis is based in nuclear energy and technology applications, the program is broadly open to all aspects of STEM applications. The WIT program engages students through local sponsors within participating schools in Texas. The initial lists of sponsors and schools for the 2019–2020 program are named below along with their designated responsibilities and stipends. Additional sponsors and school participants may be added throughout the year.
- Achieving Together with Optimistic Mentoring (ATOM)
- ATOM is a WIT-supported program with a yearlong commitment between a WIT member mentor and an ATOM mentee. The ATOM group provides WIT members an opportunity to give back by interacting and mentoring young elementary and middle school students — engaging them in academic activities that impassion these students to stay focused on a strong STEM path. ATOM creates a spark that ignites a unique collaborative, nurturing relationship between older and younger students interested in pursuing STEM.
- Science on Saturday (SOS)
- Science on Saturday (SOS) is an exciting science program for the young (K-6) and young-at-heart. The event will highlight fun and educational science experiments and demonstrations of atmospheric pressure, sensory stimulation, environmental effects and much more. Students will learn through interactive, hands-on activities that include fun with polymers, magnets and neurons, as well as everyday products and household materials.
- Various Educator Enhancement Activities
- NPI is continuously developing new camps/events run by our sponsors for high-achieving and highly motivated students.
- NPI supports educators at E3 (Texas A&M Enrichment Experiences in Engineering) and other Texas A&M University activities.
Higher Education Collaborator Engagement
Current higher education collaborators include the following:
- Brazosport College
- Prairie View A&M University
- Tarleton State University
- Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
- Texas A&M University – Kingsville
- Texas State Technical College
- University of Dallas
- University of Houston – Downtown
- University of North Texas
- University of Texas – Arlington
- Wharton County Junior College