The Mentoring And Student Teaching program is a long-standing outreach program at Haverford College. MAST fosters curiosity and learning in STEM for 20-25 middle school students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in science, through hands-on laboratory experiences and exercises in science communication.
MAST also supports the higher education success of undergraduate student tutors by helping them developing mentorship skills, promoting student leadership, and enriching their undergraduate experience through the sharing of STEM learning.
The young students come to the Haverford campus for five Saturdays in the spring semester and spend the day engaging in scientific experiments and science communication. Haverford and Bryn Mawr College students prepare the course curricula, and work with the middle school students in small groups. Haverford College faculty act as advisers for this program.
The MAST Program is designed to give students the opportunity to experience the exciting world of college first-hand, while improving their skills in scientific observation, critical thinking, and communication. Currently, MAST is supported by the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center; however, previous funding came from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and other outside agencies.
- Haverford and Bryn Mawr College students take pride in their participation in MAST and strive to create an environment that is productive as well as fun.
- Haverford and Bryn Mawr College students serve as mentors and role models. They can answer questions about college life as well as about science and writing.
- Haverford and Bryn Mawr College students create a laboratory curriculum exploring a variety of fields, including chemistry, physics and biology.
In MAST, middle school students work in small groups of two to three with their tutor. As a result, each student has the opportunity to explore their own interests within the program.