PROGRAM FOR THE ACCELERATION IN
COMPUTER SCIENCE CAREERS (PAC) FOR
The Program for Acceleration in Computer Science Careers (PAC) is a free program sponsored by the School of Science at Monmouth University and the Asbury Park-Neptune Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. The program is open to minority students in the third through twelfth grades in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
The PAC program consists of two 10-week sessions during the school year starting in the fall and concluding in the spring. The weekly sessions are conducted on Saturday mornings in Howard Hall on the campus of Monmouth University. Working with a dedicated group of instructors, tutors, and parents, participating students gain experience with computers including software applications, NXT Robotics, mathematics, life skills, and problem-solving techniques.
The Stars Challenge is a science enrichment program for top middle school students that is sponsored by the School of Science at Monmouth University. Its goal is to get more top students – students who can become innovators – involved in science and technology and ultimately to maintain America's historical lead in technology and innovation.
“Your work in science and technology will continue to make America great. You’ll allow us to determine our own future.”
The Stars Challenge starts with excellent teachers and focuses on real-world problems where students can work in small groups to create innovative solutions. The goal is to stimulate and nurture the students' passion and curiosity about science.
The Stars Challenge is clearly fulfilling an unmet need among talented students. Classes began in the Winter of 2006 with one class for 18 eighth graders. A total of 53 classes, serving 784 students, have been taught over the past thirteen semesters.
Dean Michael A. Palladino is our key academic advisor. Ms. Koorleen Minton provides invaluable administrative guidance and assistance.
For more information, visit www.starschallenge.org.