Science Programs Fan the Flames of Youngsters’ Imagination

The honor roll of corporate partners investing in Summer Bridge and Science Days, both College of Science and Technology (CSAT) key outreach initiatives, keeps growing.

For example, BAE Systems gave $12,000 to underwrite scholarships to the Summer Bridge program.

Now in its 11th year, the Summer Bridge Program is a residential program of science, technology and mathematics exploration. Last year, Summer Bridge hosted its largest-ever class of 83 high school women at Radford University. 

CSAT’s Science Days, a series of interactive days filled with science activities for K-12 students from across the Southwest Virginia region, is the beneficiary of a $10,000 gift from the AEP Foundation. During Science Days, the guests experiment with chemistry, biology, geology, forensic science and physics and tour the RU Museum of the Earth Sciences and RU Planetarium.

The AEP gift will provide a robust and engaging experience with new planetarium shows, renew equipment and facilitate new exhibits throughout the Center for the Sciences, CSAT’s new home.

Science Days and Summer Bridge are central to the CSAT efforts to demonstrate to young scientists the alluring world of “undergraduate research” awaiting them as college students at Radford University.

They join Areva Nuclear Power, Cliff and Donna Boyd, the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund, the Lynchburg Community Trust, Novozymes Biologicals, Orbital-ATK, Dale Parris MBA '85 and M.S. '12, Harry and Zoe Poole Foundation and Upward Bound Martinsville.