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AmeriCorps inspires student interest in STEM

AmeriCorps inspires student interest in STEM

AmeriCorps inspires student interest in STEM fields by connecting them with programs and professionals in these fields.

Earlier this year, in an effort to promote student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, President Barak Obama explained that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will pilot the STEM AmeriCorps initiative–an effort to connect STEM professionals to young students and inspire them to pursue fields in STEM education.

The focus of this initiative is to provide opportunities for low-income students by placing AmeriCorps VISTA members with nonprofits housed in low-income communities throughout the country.

In the first phase of this initiative, VISTA members will be placed with For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), a nonprofit that inspires and educates students through robotics competitions. The second phase calls for a partnership between AmeriCorps VISTA and nonprofits in the maker movement to create maker spaces in high schools around the country.

Ultimately, STEM AmeriCorps plans to improve academic performance in STEM coursework; expand the number of students on track to graduate ready for college and for careers in STEM fields; increase interactions between youth and STEM professionals; and spark the imagination and interest of students to pursue STEM subjects.

The Obama Administration has made STEM education a major priority since 2009 with the launch of “Educate to Innovate,” a nationwide effort to improve student performance in math and science over the next decade.

Read the entire story at the CNCS website.
Learn more about AmeriCorps program at First.
Learn more about service learning at AmeriCorps VISTA.

Submitted by: Frank Espinoza, City of San Antonio Ambassador

Photo Courtesy: Reuters // FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology