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UC hosts 30 Rogers Explorers


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Through the leadership program Rogers Explorers, 30 upcoming high school freshmen from across the state of Kentucky participated in science, math and physics activities at University of the Cumberlands (UC) on June 5, 6 and 7. The activities focused on projects in the three subjects using fun, challenging projects led by UC professors and designed to open the minds of the students.

“[The activities] are about getting students excited about math and science as they go into high school,” said Delaney Stephens, community liaison and youth programs coordinator for The Center for Rural Development, the organization that coordinates Rogers Explorers. “They are hands-on and show how to apply math and science to the real world.”


During their three days at Cumberlands students enjoy a packed schedule of fun and learning. Activities included a chemistry session, where students learned how to make silly putty, slime and latex balls, and a session in a mini-planetarium, where students saw constellations, learned how to find a planet in the night sky and did “what if” math calculations as astronauts on Mars who must figure weight restrictions and travel on the planet.

The students had a videoconference with NASA and participated in a community service project, picking up trash along a road in Williamsburg. On Friday each Explorer received a diploma at a graduation ceremony attended by their parents.

Rogers Explorers is an intensive three day, two night program focusing on developing skills in leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and community service. It is developed, coordinated and supervised by The Center for Rural Development in partnership with the University of the Cumberlands, Morehead State University, Lindsey Wilson College and Eastern Kentucky University. Students from The Center’s 45-county service area may apply during their eighth grade year. Only 120 students are chosen, and groups of 30 attend the program at one of the universities during the summer before their ninth grade year.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit