If you’ve read my previous blogs, then you’ll know that I’m a major supporter of STEM education initiatives, especially those that assist minorities in STEM. As someone who is infinitely fascinated by the possibilities of STEM, I am eager to do anything I can to help as many children enter this fascinating industry as I can. Luckily, I am not the only person with the same mission. There are a variety of organizations looking to increase child minority representation in STEM, and I’d like to highlight a few of them here.
NACME (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering)
NACME is a fantastic resource for minority children looking to become involved in STEM, particularly engineering. The organization primarily focuses on offering minority students scholarships. Every year, NACME hands out over $4 million in scholarships to both men and women of minority groups. NACME is always open to your generous donations. They accept monetary donations from businesses and individuals alike. This is a fantastic organization that is actively making a difference in STEM and they deserve all of the assistance they can get.
This Texas-based organization has been around since 1997, offering young women the opportunity of achieving their STEM dreams. Similar to NACME, Girlstart also focuses on providing opportunities to females of low-income households and minority groups. However, instead of scholarships, Girlstart offers summer camps scattered throughout the US that teach young women a variety of skills in STEM fields. Additionally, Girlstart holds an annual Girls in STEM Conference for young female inventors to showcase their latest inventions.
With TechHive, young children of minority groups participate in an intense 10-week course that teaches them a variety of skills in STEM-related fields. What’s more, students enrolled in the program will actually design and create their very own custom projects that will be shared with actual community partners. It’s a terrific program that can teach children, but also give them some hands-on, professional experience.
These are only a few of the several groups out there looking to increase minority representation in STEM fields. All of these organizations can use your help! If you want to help, make sure to donate whenever you can!