After a summer of learning, some 450 D.C. area students wrapped up their participation Aug.15 in a science, technology, engineering and math program for secondary school students.
The students, in grades 5 through 12, spent 12 weeks in the program sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C.
“Youth who didn’t want to get it as well as those who wanted to get it, seem to like and embrace science, technology, engineering and math, once exposed to the STEM the 100 Way program, ” said Dr. Debra Yourick, director of the Science Education and Strategic Communications activity, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
In the program, called “STEM the 100 Way,” the students experience hands-on laboratory work in math and the sciences as part of the 100 Black Men of America’s national STEM program. It is conducted at the U. S. Army’s Educational Outreach Program’s Gains in the Education of Math and Science program at Walter Reed.
“We are proud to partner with the Army to provide students with the opportunity to participate in STEM educational programs. It will lay a solid foundation for unlimited opportunities.” Michael Melton, president of the D.C. chapter of the 100 Black Men.
He noted that this year they were able to introduce minority and disadvantaged students to a core curriculum in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
At the closing program, held at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium Melton announced the formation of a STEM the 100 Way Endowment Fund to “…ensure that STEM opportunities will be readily available to minority and disadvantaged students in the Greater Washington D.C. area.”
“I am humbled by the simple goodness of the students. The program is an oasis of respect and applied creativity,” Dr. Margery Anderson, WRAIR program manager said, noting that the men have “done a great thing for the youth in this geographical area; many of whom may not have else wise had the exposure to get them to appreciate science and technology.”