The Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science at Fort Hays State University offers bright high school students the opportunity to attend college two years early. Adam Stenson, an Olathe Northwest High School and KAMS senior, showcases the success of the academy.
Between studying and researching, Stenson also makes time to be involved in various clubs and activities both on campus and in the Hays community. Stenson epitomizes this balance between school classes and campus involvement.
For the 2013-2014 school year, Stenson is the vice president of the Astronomy Club.
“We run public observations here in Hays and at the Wetlands Center outside of Great Bend,” Stenson said. “We set up the telescopes for a couple of hours and let people come and use them.”
Stenson is also this year’s coordinator of an area in FHSU’s Forsyth Library set aside for students to “build and tinker on their research projects,” Stenson said.
Students can design experiments, research and print research posters in the MakerSpace.
Stenson and a group of students used the MakerSpace to complete a community project for their class, Global Challenges, taught by Shala Mills, chairwoman of and professor in the Department of Political Science,
“We helped 40 elementary school kids build Lego robots and rocket kits,” Stenson said.
The MakerSpace is a collaborative effort between Forsyth Library and the Science and Mathematics Education Institute at FHSU.
Stenson is also this year’s administrative assistant for the FHSU Honor Society.
“It is fantastic to be around these bright young minds to see them achieve and grow as individuals,” said Ron Keller, director of KAMS.
— Submitted by FHSU University Relations