M.I.S.L. 2018 June 18 - June 30

The Migrant Institute of STEM and Leadership (M.I.S.L.) is a two-week residential summer program at CSU, Fresno designed for incoming 9th through 12th grade high school migrant students with the purpose of exposing them to:

  • STEM related careers by integrating information of careers related to the lesson and activity being taught.
  • Information on higher education through workshops and presentations.
  • Visual and Performing Arts courses where students participate in Folkloric, Hip-Hop, Jazz Dance, Arts and Crafts, Guitar, and Drama.
  • Leadership and teamwork development skills that challenge students to work together and to become better leaders.

MISL was made possible with the collaboration of the Education and Leadership Foundation, Fresno State Plant Science Department, and the Migrant Education Program, which includes Regions: I, II, III, IV, VIII, XIV, XXI, XXIII, and XXIV.


All academic courses include STEM related curriculum that requires critical thinking and invaluable problem-solving processes, which enhance collaboration and an integrated approach to STEM. 75% of lesson plans focused on hands-on experience and 25% focus on lecture. Furthermore, the instructors provide valuable information about STEM careers related to their lessons.

Agricultural Science

In these classes, the students were exposed to new concepts in agriculture such as horticulture, weed science, insects in agriculture, plant pathology, edible fungi, industrial technology in agriculture, food science, plant breeding, and animal science.

Medical Science

These classes challenged the students to participate in scientific hands-on activities in biochemistry, the human body, and medical procedures.


These classes offered the students an innovative approach to engineering concepts through the lenses of civil, electrical, acoustics, and computer science which included lessons and activities in sound waves, resonance, audio, voltage, current, circuits, solar energy, algorithms, and architecture.

This was an improved section to MISL 2018 that exposed students to valuable information through presentations on diverse topics related to higher education. During the two weeks, the students participated in the following workshops: A-G requirements; College and University Admissions Requirements; FAFSA; Resume Building; and transitioning from High School to College.


Students were challenged to choose enrichment classes that were completely new to them. These classes exposed the students to try something out of their comfort zone. Classes offered were: Folkloric Dance (from the states of Oaxaca, Sinaloa, and Veracruz), Hip-Hop Dance, Jazz Dance, Guitar, Drama, and Arts and Crafts.


In this section of MISL, the students were involved in a variety of innovative leadership activities that exposed them to ground level teambuilding and trust challenges.

Special thanks to the Fresno State Plant Science Department for its continuous support since 2016.


Education and Leadership Foundation

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