OSI Summer Bridge Service-Learning Project
Each summer, the LA-STEM Research Scholars participate in a service-learning project. In the past years, scholars have worked with Dr. Marybeth Lima, Associate Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. The students worked together in groups to design a playground for various schools and community facilities. Through visiting the site, interviewing the playground users on what they desire in a playground, becoming familiar with playground safety principles and regulations, and learning about grant-writing, the students develop, budget for, and proposed new designs for the playground. Many students also participate in the actual construction of the playgrounds.
More recently, scholars worked with Kyle Huffstickler from LSU's LA House to improve Aveia's Rainbow Memorial Community Garden. The students were taught basic gardening skills and irrigation.
Service-Learning at Louisiana State University
LA-STEM Scholars Serve the Community
As participants in the LA-STEM program, students are required to perform at least 10 hours of community service. Many of our students love giving back and exceed our minimum requirement. Our students have been affiliated have volunteered countless hours serving the community through various organizations and activities such as: