The Daniel A. Payne CDC's STEM field trips, Robotics, and Coding programs are helping to replenish the STEM pipeline by including currently underrepresented people of color.
During the last four years, over 500 middle school students from D.C. Maryland, and Virginia have participated in 20 Percy Julian Institute-sponsored STEM field trips. Between 10-15 boys and girls are in the Robotics Program and 5-7 young ladies participate in Girls Who Code.
The next step in the evolution of PJI Programs is to create affordable, accessible summer opportunities to address “learning loss” suffered by students who lack academic stimulation during the summer months. With such stimulation, teachers will spend less time refreshing students regarding what they learned the previous year. In addition to summer opportunities, we will do year round community outreach work in the form of traveling STEM exhibits, visiting Boys and Girls clubs, schools, libraries, and science festivals throughout the region.
With your support we can reach our #Giving Tuesday goal of $10,000, which will be used to: (1) develop a summer STEM Program; (2) create traveling STEM demonstration exhibits; and (3) strengthen the infrastructure of our coding and robotics programs.
Together we can do our part to close the gap in participation by people of color in STEM career fields. Our programs will excite students about STEM and propel them into high school and college to pursue degrees in these important fields. Equally as important, the parents, friends, and siblings of the students we reach will be supportive as they see STEM careers as achievable.