Dinah Whipple STEAM Academy
An Exploration of Pre-Engineering and the Black Experience
Summer 2023 Dates Coming Soon!
The Dinah Whipple STEAM Academy is an immersive educational program that explores science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM), as well as the Black experience. The program will take place on the UNH Durham campus this summer, so students can connect and collaborate with one another and their teachers. It is offered through UNH Tech Camp, which has been providing dynamic, experiential summer programs for middle and high school students for more than a decade. The program is free and open to all levels of experience.
The academy is named after Dinah Whipple, a significant figure in New Hampshire history best known for founding the state’s first school for Black children in Portsmouth circa 1806. The former enslaved New Hampshire native became a leader in the community, advocate for education and an inspiration for future generations.
The Dinah Whipple STEAM Academy is offered at no cost to participants. All skill levels welcome! Space is limited.
Students in this program will learn about basic engineering principles and disciplines by completing a series of hands-on activities. These activities include building a crane, experimenting with a submarine and creating a water filtration system. Each student will have access to engineering kits and the supplies needed for all activities. Students will interact with professional engineers and have the opportunity to ask questions. Along with engineering activities, students will also discuss the Black experience in this country and learn about the origins of African empires. Students will be introduced to prominent Black figures in American history and get the chance to discuss how their contributions changed our world today.
Students in this program will create a scale model of the Three Gorges Dam. Over the course of the week, student will learn about the civil, environmental and cultural considerations and impacts of the Three Gorges Dam. They will then utilize this knowledge to build the framework of a scale model of the Dam. Students will also continue their dive into African history and Black-American history in the United States. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their project with professional engineers and solicit insight and feedback.
An important component of the Dinah Whipple Academy and UNH Tech Camp mission is to foster a diverse and inclusive community, providing pre-engineering education to students from all ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. All are encouraged to apply.
THE APPLICATION FOR SUMMER 2023 WILL GO LIVE IN FEBRUARY.
For questions or information on registration, please contact Carmela Amato-Wierda, Director of Tech Camp, at email@example.com.
The Dinah Whipple STEAM Academy is made possible by Appledore Marine Engineering, LLC’s choosing to dedicate resources to create more of a balance within a system filled with inequities.
Bridging the Diversity Gap
UNH alumna Dzijeme Ntumi is the lead instructor and curriculum designer for the Dinah Whipple STEAM Academy. An engineer for the NH Department of Transportation, Ntumi is committed to bringing more equity and inclusion to STEM education. Read more.
Who Is Dinah Whipple?
Dinah Whipple was a significant figure in NH history best known for founding the state’s first school for Black children. She was also a community leader, advocate for education and an inspiration for future generations. Read more.
Leading by Example
UNH alumnus Aboubacar Konate has overcome many challenges in his life to achieve success as a student and engineer. As a lead instructor in the Dinah Whipple program, he shares not only his expertise in engineering, but also his inspirational personal journey. Read more.