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.
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute is holding a freeonline event for middle school and high school students and teachers on September 21, 2021. The interactive session, titled “Mathematics, the Key to a Hidden World,” will explore how mathematics helps us wonder at the world we live in.
Lead4Change is an innovative leadership curriculum for students in grades 6–12. The program includes ready-to-use leadershiplessons aligned to current education standards, including SEL, PBL, Literacy, and 21st Century Skills. Lead4Change also offers Integration Guides for incorporating the lessons into CTE, STEAM, Gifted Education, and core subject areas—English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Art—in any setting or learning environment. Additionally, student teams can enter the Lead4Change Challenge and win grants for their school or community. Educators are invited to register for full, free access today.