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.
Girls Who Game (GWG) is an extracurricular program sponsored by Dell Technologies, Intel, and Microsoft that provides an opportunity for girls in grades 4–8 and underserved students across North America to learn more about gaming as a learning tool, while developing their global competencies, such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum provides unique fieldtrip opportunities for teachers and students to engage with the museum’s content online. Among the museum’s offerings are “Earth and Its Place in the Universe” (grades 5–12); “Finding Our Way: Geography and GIS” (grades 6–8)); “Living Through History” (grades 1–8); and “Paper Airplane Design” (grades 3–8).
The online Science Journal for Kids and Teens reports on cutting-edge, peer-reviewed science research adapted for students and their teachers. Articles can be selected according to reading level and/or subject field.