Educational Technology

June 17, 2018

Competitions, experiments a focus in inspiring low-income students to embrace STEM

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by Christina Vercelletto, Education Dive
California schools are using various methods to not only get low-income and diverse high school students interested in STEM subject areas, but to increase the odds they’ll actually get a STEM-related degree and wind up working in one of those fields. In schools located a short distance from Silicon Valley, less than 5% of tech professionals are Hispanic, and just over 2% are African American. Interestingly, 57% of students in the area weren’t born in the U.S.; most came from China or India.¬†One charter school, Downtown College Prep (DCP) Alum Rock High, leverages motivational tactics, such as competitions to increase STEM interest. A team of students became part of the Quest for Space program, through which astronauts on the International Space Station used an experiment they designed.¬†Partnerships with non-profits, such as Genesys Works, create part-time or school-holiday internships. Students shadow tech workers to gain insight into what types of jobs are out there.

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