STEM Mindset is a youth-led 501(c)3 non-profit organization aimed at making STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education more accessible and at increasing interest among youth underrepresented in STEM. We teach a variety of free virtual workshops and run various events, all with the mission of encouraging underrepresented youth to get involved in STEM. STEM Mindset is committed to improving educational outcomes and college readiness. The data on the achievement gap between students of low and high-income backgrounds highlights the need of leveling the playing field in STEM, which is why our programs are free and accessible online. Our organization aims to empower students with the tools and skill sets to compete in the global economy.
We recruit high school students who have a passion for STEM to teach free workshops to underrepresented youth. We, as girls, have all experienced the gender gap in the STEM field, and our team hopes to bridge that gap by giving back. We currently have ran over 15 workshops and have reached children from all over the world.
Extended Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Why is it important?
All children in America deserve a great future. As STEM jobs in the United States are expected to grow nearly twice as fast as other fields by 2025, STEM education is critical for the success of the youth. Nevertheless, there is a shortage of interested students as well as adequately prepared K-12 students in STEM subjects. This gap is especially seen among minority youth, which includes children of color and women. As early as the fourth grade, there are visible gaps in science and math achievement for African-Americans, Latinos and American Indians/Alaska Natives. Furthermore, while 40 percent of male high school students express an interest in STEM fields, only 15 percent of female high school students show an interest. This opportunity gap in STEM education is constantly widening and will continue to do so unless organizations develop pathways for more underrepresented youth to succeed in STEM careers.