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Community Engagement Programs

Engineering and Math Support Team 4146 Outreach

Scottsdale Unified School District - Scottsdale Math and Science Academy

Mission

To provide enhanced opportunities to the students of the Scottsdale Unified School District in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Academy students graduate highly-motivated more

Website

https://www.susd.org/index.php/programs/susd-math-science-academyContact(s):

About the Internship

Duties:

Interns will work with members of the Math and Science Academy and Sabercat Robotics Team 4146 in an effort to promote STEM education to undeserved populations within Saguaro High School and across the Scottsdale Unified School District. The target schools will be those that feed Saguaro High School and Coronado High School. The primary tasks will include mentoring robotics programs and providing math tutoring to students. The interns will have a fairly flexible schedule and a variety of activities they might want to support. The team is composed of 30+ students who not only build robots but record thousands of hours each year volunteering in our community. The intern will lead and teach these student the importance of STEM for the future of our country as well as giving back to the community through volunteering.

Population Served:

Navajo Elementary - Title I
Tonalea K8 - Title I
Coronado High School - - Title I
Mohave Middle School- 36% Free and reduced lunch
Saguaro High School -23% Free and reduced lunch

Community Need:

The primary focus when working with these students is to inspire these young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, teach mathematics, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and
leadership.

Community Impact:

According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%. STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas. It is clear that most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science. Despite these compelling facts, mathematics and science scores on average among U.S. students are lagging behind other developing countries especially in schools with high minority populations and underprivileged students. STEM education helps to bridge the ethnic and gender gaps sometimes found in math and science fields. One of the primary goals of our program is to increase the roles of women and minorities in STEM-related fields.