Program to Drive Talented Underserved Students Toward STEM Careers
Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) creates pathways for underserved students to become scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and computer scientists. The nonprofit has provided its services for free to more than 600 students since 2011. Before creating the pathways, BEAM asks itself, what do most scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and programmers do growing up? and then, how can we bring those same opportunities to underserved students? After considering these questions, BEAM creates a series of experiences for students in grades 6–12: a sixth-grade summer program in Los Angeles and New York City; a seventh-grade residential summer program on college campuses; advice to help students in eighth through twelfth grades attend great high schools, pass algebra in eighth grade, access other enrichment programs, and ultimately go to an excellent college. Students declaring STEM majors also get support during their college years. Through its work, BEAM helps to diversify other enrichment programs and gives students a realistic chance at the career of their dreams.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in December.
Smithsonian Science for the Classroom is setting the standard for 3Dlearning and 3D assessment. Developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, this integrated STEM curriculum is designed to engage students in grades 1–5 in phenomenon-based learning through coherent storylines that connect to the world around them.
Set to launch in the summer of 2022, NASA’s Psyche mission will be the first to explore a world likely made largely of metal. Scientists hope that studying asteroid Psyche will give insights into how Earth’s core and the cores of the other terrestrial planets came to be.