Thursday, November 20, 2014

Strategies for Increasing Diversity in STEM Learning Environments

The ITEST program supports projects that provide technology-rich environments that help prepare youth, particularly from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM, to enter the STEM workforce. A challenge to successfully delivering STEM education programming is the continued participation of diverse program participants, who may face social or external pressures or barriers in their immediate environment that may limit their attendance. During this webinar we will hear from ITEST projects that are developing innovative program models to successfully recruit, retain, and engage youth from underrepresented communities in authentic STEM learning experiences. 
  • Sally Stevens with the iSTEM Project will share strategies for engaging Hispanic youth in STEM including (1) an innovative mentoring program, (2) culturally themed STEM topics, and (3) a hybrid model of “flash” STEM activities paired with fieldtrips.
  • Michael Evans with Studio STEM will share how their project is using fundamental concepts in energy conservation and sustainability through an informal design-based studio to engage middle grade students in STEM.
  • Anika Ward and Joseph Adamji with Bits-2-Bites will share strategies for recruiting youth from diverse backgrounds and how to keep them engaged.  They used computational thinking to address nutrition and food justice issues.
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