Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) Academies

ANSEP's objective is to effect systemic change in the hiring patterns of Alaska Natives in science and engineering by placing students on a career path to leadership. Started in 1995 as a scholarship program for university students, ANSEP has evolved into a longitudinal education model that provides a continuous string of components beginning with students in sixth grade and continuing on through high school, into science and engineering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through to the PhD.

EarthScope ANGLE is involved in the middle school level academies, a time in school when many children encounter earth science in the curriculum. ANGLE instructors and a few Master Teachers from the ANGLE Educator Workshops bring the topics of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, EarthScope science, and geohazard preparedness to ANSEP students.

Middle School Academies

Middle School Academy is a 12-day experience designed to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers. During this academic and residential academy, students engage in a variety of hands-on activities from building a computer, dissecting squid to testing structures on an earthquake simulation table and much more. Accepted students attend the academy free of charge.

ANGLE instructors help teach sections of these academies related to topics such as basic geohazard science, installing seismometers, and learning preparedness steps that communities can take.

STEM Career Explorations

Students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade who have successfully completed the ANSEP Middle School Academy program are eligible for STEM Career Explorations. This 5-day, academic, residential program is organized to provide career exploration activities, experiments, projects, and field experiences to increase students' interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. Students attend free of charge.

ANGLE instructors will lead Career Explorations that feature geoscience and geohazard careers and the STEM skills needed to succeed in these fields while making Alaskan communities more resilient to geohazards.