Arizona State University (ASU).
Over the next several decades, the United States faces a severe shortage of skilled workers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). This shortage has resulted in a demand for more students to excel in Math and Science, and pursue a career in STEM. As more and more companies prepare to usher in a new generation of workers, finding a diverse pool of talent to select from can prove challenging. In 2006, underrepresented ethnic minorities earned only 16.7% of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in science and engineering in the United States and women earned only 19.5% of bachelor’s degrees in engineering (National Science Foundation, 2009). This number can in part be attributed to the relatively low number of female and minority students who enroll into science and engineering coursework at college.
Deon Clark, President and CEO of The Legacy Initiative, stated that “Young people often believe what they see. If they are surrounded by examples of successful people in STEM careers who they feel can relate to them, they will probably be more apt to believe that they too can be successful in a STEM career and work towards that goal”.
STEMS of Success was developed to provide the young men and women of participating school districts with high quality, engaging and entertaining programming designed to get them interested and excited about STEM related fields of study. We recognize that merely getting students excited about STEM is not enough, and as such, we have taken a more holistic approach to our programming. A students overall health and wellness, financial literacy levels, personal character and career mapping skills are significant contributors in a student’s ability to achieve success in a STEM related field. These four areas make up the “stems” students must acquire and develop in their pursuit of success in STEM. We infuse these four areas together to teach students how they form a solid foundation for them to build upon. Students participating in this conference will have direct access to diverse industry and educational professionals representing a variety of companies and schools. Students will be engaged in meaningful dialogue as well as demonstrations and exhibits by The United States Navy, The original Tuskegee Airmen, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Medtronics, various Robotics Teams to name a few.
**For more information about this conference or The Legacy Initiative, contact Deon Clark at 877-880-5842 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. **