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African Americans underrepresented in STEM classes


Many young African Americans will be shut out of the high paying jobs of the future, if they don’t earn a degree in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), according to a new report.

The new report by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 advocacy and outreach groups, said that less than 3 percent of Blacks… Continue Reading →

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STEM evolves into STEAM in Mpls Public Schools

Five-year enrollment plan attempts to tailor schools to neighborhoods’ needs 
By Charles Hallman 

Staff Writer

Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson said that the former Summatech program will not be part of her new five-year enrollment plan recently approved by the city’s school board. “We are going to put in a STEM-related program” similar to the Summatech, a math and science program once housed at North High School during the 1980s and 1990s,  said Johnson in a recent MSR interview. She added that she understands the sentiment for the former program, particularly from graduates and other supporters, but Johnson pledged that the district is committed to a program that focuses on math, science and engineering for

Minneapolis high school students along the lines of the old Summatech program. Two MPS schools — Cityview on the North Side and Wilder on the city’s South Side — will be used for the new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) program. Although the MPS superintendent quickly admitted that she doesn’t know everything about Summatech, Johnson said she wants to learn more about it. Continue Reading →

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Phillips scholars create summer programs for youth, families


Jazmine Darden designed a summer program to encourage urban students, including many students of color, to learn more about opportunities in the STEM fields, specifically engineering. Through “Bridgin’ the Gap,” students in kindergarten through eighth grade discovered new information about structural engineering through bridge-building activities. Darden, who is from Brooklyn Park and attends Augsburg College, is one of six Minnesota Private College students chosen to complete a community outreach project as a part of the Phillips Scholars Program. The Phillips Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship initiative that asks college students to propose and then implement a service project to meet an unmet community need. The funds available to selected students total $16,500 in the form of scholarships and stipends from the Jay and Rose Phillips Foundation. Continue Reading →

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