Middlesboro students accepted into MIT program

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Published: Oct. 24, 2023 at 6:25 PM EDT
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MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - From MIS to MIT, two Middlesboro Independent Schools students are participating in a course taught by instructors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Aieza Ahmad and Kayla Heck, both in 11th grade, started the course early October.

The course, called “Girls Who Want to Learn Many Interesting Things,” is a part of MIT’s Fall 2023 Outreach Program.

“We immediately knew it was going to be a good program. So, we jumped to the opportunity, especially since we’re in a small school,” said Aieza Ahmad.

The school system was connected to the MIT program through the Perseid Foundation, which was founded by astronaut and Middlesboro native John Shoffner.

“The more that we engage our partners and we take advantage of these collaborations and these connections, and more opportunities like this come to fruition, then that just increases the value of the STEM approach,” said Middlesboro STEM Director Chris Stotts.

The program lasts through mid-December.

Stotts also said there will be future opportunities with MIT.