On-site programs typically meet only during the school year for an hour a week.
We encourage Bigs and Littles to choose activities they both enjoy.
The participants assimilated quickly to the “speed-dating” format, with STEM professionals moving from table to table during the five rounds of 10-minute intervals, enabling students and teachers to ask questions and learn about STEM professions during each roundtable discussion.
As jobs in the 21 century become more technologically based, it is imperative that capable creative minds from diverse backgrounds integrate themselves into these STEM arenas.
From leaders in government and industry who understand the critical shortage of STEM workers (especially females) on the far end of the pipeline to educators of all levels on the near end of the pipeline, there needs to be a concerted effort to bridge the gap between these two seminal points. Department of Education, took place on May 19, 2014 from pm-pm.
Enter the STEM Mentoring Café, a unique pilot program in Washington, DC, the brainchild of Anne Marie Horowitz of the Department of Energy and Camsie Mc Adams of the Department of Education. Thirty female STEM professionals from 16 different government agencies arrived with their “tools of their trade”, ready to interact with eighteen (18) teachers and thirty-eight (38) 5 grade students to share their passion for their STEM careers.
At each “mini-interview”, the students carefully recorded the mentor’s name, job, cool facts and additional notes in their STEM Mentoring Notebook provided at the event.
The collective “vibe” in the room was palpable; the symbiotic relationship of mentors describing what they love to do in their work-life with students’ searching for the jobs that synced with their passions and interests created an incredible buzz—full of smiles and fun throughout.