New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Minorities in Engineering
African-American and Hispanic males are significantly underrepresented in STEM. While youth start narrowing their career choices in middle school, National Maker programs rarely specifically target minority males. Four Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs), in partnership with The Verizon Foundation, have established Maker communities in underserved urban and rural communities. The Minority Male Maker Program allows middle school students and their teachers to develop science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills while expressing their creativity. The long term goals of this project are to increase participant interest in STEM careers and college attendance. In the short term, we anticipate increased technology proficiency, STEM engagement and academic achievement. Additional outcomes include increased teacher and mentor understanding of STEM instruction delivery and mentorship. Panelists will discuss disparities facing men of color and a new National program designed to provide early exposure to STEM. Recommendations for developing programs targeting minority male students will be discussed.
Ladeji-Osias, J. K., & Ziker, C. S., & Gilmore, D. C., & Gloster, C., & Ali, K. S., & Puthumana, P. (2016, June), Increasing STEM Engagement in Minority Middle School Boys through Making Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25676
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