The Science Genius Academy

To prepare students to compete in the 21st century global economy educators have placed a specific emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The United States Department of Education reports that the United States is falling behind internationally in both mathematics and science, which is unacceptable considering the global economy (U.S. Department of Education). Reports show STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations (Langdon, McKittrick, Beede, Khan & Doms, 2011). Further, African American students’ interest in STEM has decreased significantly and is now lower than any other ethnic group and is expected to remain lower during the coming years (Munce & Fraser, 2012). Therefore, due to students of color lack of interest in STEM they will not acquire the skills needed to compete for future STEM jobs and ultimately there will be fewer jobs available for them. Using Hip Hop pedagogy, The Science Genius program has been successful in increasing urban students’ engagement in the sciences. But outside of the traditional classroom setting, urban students are in need of continuous support to maintain their interest in the sciences to encouraginghigh school students to pursue a career in the STEM field.

The Science Genius Academy is for students like Alicia Duncan, a freshman at Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School who is engaged in the sciences through Hip Hop and has a desire of furthering her interest in science and becoming a brain surgeon. Also, Keegan Dillion, a sophomore at Bronx Compass High School, who lost his passion for science and is now confident that he’ll receive an “A” in his science class. The Science Genius Academy will offer urban students a rare opportunity to further engage in disciplines which they have been historically marginalized from – STEM – through a program that embraces the students linguistic traditions, urban identify through a Hip-Hop.

As previously stated, the goal of the Science Genius Academy is to ultimately propel urban students – the demographic of students who lack the most interest in STEM – into STEM careers by increasing their interest in the disciplines and creating a safe, nurturing and welcoming environment for them to do so.

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The Science Genius Academy has three goals which are to (1) increase and maintain urban students’ engagement in STEM through project based learning assignments, (2) introduce urban students to careers in STEM fields by providing them with summer internship opportunities and (3) encourage urban students to declare STEM majors while providing higher education access assistance through college readiness workshops.

3 Goals

The Science Genius Academy has three goals which are to (1) increase and maintain urban students’ engagement in STEM through project based learning assignments, (2) introduce urban students to careers in STEM fields by providing them with summer internship opportunities and (3) encourage urban students to declare STEM majors while providing higher education access assistance through college readiness workshops.

Pilot Year 2014

The Science Genius Academy has three goals which are to (1) increase and maintain urban students’ engagement in STEM through project based learning assignments, (2) introduce urban students to careers in STEM fields by providing them with summer internship opportunities and (3) encourage urban students to declare STEM majors while providing higher education access assistance through college readiness workshops.

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