Using Newton's laws of motion, the Signal Mountain Middle School eighth-grader calculated the force exerted on a train when it travels at certain speeds. Sitting at the computer next to her was Kylie Fox, busy reading and answering questions about the damage hurricane winds can cause. The girls were using Learning Blade, an online program with a game-based format intended to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM subjects.
On December 1, 2016, my sister Taylore and I had the honor of attending the 3rd Annual MIE (Minorities in Energy Forum as STEM Ambassadors and Cyberjournalists representing my local HUD STEM Innovation Network in Hampton and the Global NetGeneration of Youth Community founded by Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein.
The Cartwright School District is working to bridge the gap between its students and STEM education to encourage more Latinos and young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering, or STEM. The district has partnered with the Arizona STEM Network, a non-profit organization that works to graduate more students who are prepared for jobs in STEM fields.
“CTE Month is a great opportunity for us to recognize the career and technical educators in our area who provide innovation and excellence that prepares our students for careers and our nation for economic success,” said Western president Lee Rasch. “I am very proud of their work." In Wisconsin, more than 88,000 high school students, or roughly two-thirds of high-schoolers, are taking CTE courses in areas such as health occupations, manufacturing, technology and engineering, agriculture, marketing, family and consumer science, and business.
It’s true that the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields have historically been more populated with men compared to women—but that’s changing. Schools and businesses are increasingly encouraging women to enter these fields. And those who do find professional and personal rewards that can be difficult to achieve in other industries.
Four years ago, professionals and volunteers at Old North State Council began including science, technology, engineering and math activities in its annual calendar, starting with a merit badge college. The event now attracts more than 400 Scouts every winter. The council expanded its STEM offerings to include Cub Scout STEM Quest in spring as well as teen-oriented STEM X in summer. The impact has been tremendous on membership growth and fundraising.
Add building robots to the list of out-of-school activities required for kids to be competitive college applicants and future workers. Digital Adventures, which runs summer camps and after-school courses to expose kids to engineering and computer science, aims to provide the experience some parents think is necessary to get into the increasingly attractive field.
Congressmen - Engineers - Scientists, - Rappers, - NBA Stars-Entrepreneurs. Those were just a few of the Energy Champions and Ambassadors convened and honored on December 2016 Minorities in Energy Year III Forum by the United States Department of Energy. While their own backgrounds were quite diverse, the influential attendees shared a common conviction, the importance of diversifying the field of Energy, and a common passion, to serve as advocates of that diversity in the Energy Ecosystem.
What do a Hip Hop Artist, a NBA player, a University President, and a Congressman have in common? STEM of course! Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics–STEM is the fuel that drives U.S. competitiveness by inspiring innovation and fostering creativity. It also holds the key to our country’s future economic prosperity.
Since 2013, I have dutifully assisted with STEM Education and career initiatives in underserved communities through organizations such as THE HUD STEM Innovation Network led by Mr. Jerryl Bennett and 360 Cradle to Careers, led by Mrs. Faith Linton, even at times working in collaboration with the United States Military Academy. Collectively, these organizations have provided STEM-themed educational and leadership opportunities to hundreds of students across the country, including those in my hometown of Hampton, Virginia.