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The B4BWs initiative will create many new programs, partnerships and research opportunities. Examples include:
Environmental Engagement and Sustainable Development is a project that involves developing virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) learning experiences for upper elementary students around sustainability issues, specifically honeybee conservation. The project would enable students to investigate a real scientific problem, honeybee colony collapse, which has frightening implications for food security on a global scale. One of the main goals is to make the experiences accessible to underrepresented groups in STEM, specifically English Learners, in order to foster interest in future STEM careers for underserved populations.
Impact Fellows Program, designed to deliver an innovative social impact curriculum tailored to first-generation college students and Pell Grant recipients (lower-income students). Over 40% of Mason’s students are first-generation college students, 30% are Pell Grant recipients, and over half identify as non-white. The program will conduct outreach programs to regional high schools, recruit potential first-generation students and other at-risk populations to George Mason to take part in programs aimed to increase their understanding of social impact, entrepreneurship and innovation, and raise student awareness of what a college education offers. Key components of the Impact Fellows Program are:
- Impact Challenge: 11th and 12th grade students with an interest in social impact, entrepreneurship and innovation, will come to Mason for a one-day, challenge-based activity to foster soft skills with a focus on creativity, problem solving and oral and written communication skills.
- Washington Youth Impact Fellows Summit: The Summit will bring 11th and 12th grade students from around the region to campus for two weeks in the summer for a curriculum developed to foster leadership, problem-solving and career aspirations in young people with particular attention to the United Nations sustainable development goals.
- Leading Change through Business Education: This two-year, cohort-based program for Mason undergraduates will respond to the needs of both first-generation first-year college students and transfer students to Mason. Students will learn about sustainable development goals, social enterprise and entrepreneurship concepts and tools, and explore their passion and purpose through project-based learning, and summer internships.