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Community-building interventions are paramount to igniting interest, propagating the pipeline, and demonstrating diversity through a message of belonging and acceptance in STEM fields.

 

Our one of a kind STEAM Programming called Turn Up for STEAM empowers youth with culturally relevant examples where STEM seamlessly integrate; for instance, Hip-Hop, music, science, and math. Our Digital Design component of this program introduces youth to music composition as we walk the youth through the creation process where they are given the tools for transforming their ideas into reality.

 

Turn Up for STEAM is offered as either a weekend, 1-day camp, or summer camp. The program is for youths from ages 13-18 to participate in an idea creation and introduction to critical thinking and coding. Our STEAM interventions integrates the collective principles applied in STEM with a focus on computer science and technology as its cornerstone for expressing science, math, and engineering or information technology processes.

 

The success of the Turn Up for STEAM community intervention is largely related to support from our community-building partners, sponsors, artists, and technologist. This is an overview of the Turn Up for STEAM event.

Focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), African American girls will foster dialogue with their peers in the USA, Africa, or Asia (or host nation) while working on STEAM projects, cultivate an awareness of their global responsibilities, and learn about the cultural diversity of the host nation. Our unique girls only program includes three components; bridge building for girls to gain access to elite engineer programs, eight (8) week mentoring programming with a focus on sustainability and or community interaction and learning to code, an educational trip to experience STEAM in our world.

One of the most relevant findings is REPRESENTATION MATTERS. When students see what's possible to them in STEAM careers because there are engineers, innovators, mathematicians, and scientists that look like them, the sky is the limit. This program explores ways for improving middle and high school girl’s awareness and interest in STEAM and the rewarding careers that are available to them. Our mentoring model cultivates the idea that through strong ties (connections) between those best positioned to articulate academic and industry needs (mentors) and those most receptive to filling that need (mentees) are important for girls to gain the needed confidence, awareness, and connective tools for advancing in STEAM. Representation is key to a student gaining the interest to enter.
Strong TIES made it possible for the smart and talented Ysabella to attend the 2017 Marquette University Summer Engineering Program.
Strong TIES collaborates with elite universities to bridge the gap for girls. Here is Amanda and Mugi who were a part of the 2018 STEAM and Global Citizenship Mentoring Program. They were accepted into Cornell University CURIE Academy for introducing girls to their engineering programs. Ysabella is now an engineering student as a Freshman.
Campus Tours were taken in 2018. The cohort of extraordinary girls visited Bowie State University, Pace University and New York Institute of Technology.
The 2018 Cohort enjoyed New York City view on top of Google. Taking a break from building Apps and learning about SDGs.

Strong TIES provides Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) tools to deserving youth and communities  and empowers them to become innovative, engaged, and thoughtful. How and where we contribute is based on the communities demand for STEAM education and youth  lack of access and resources. We use support of kind individuals, organizations, and community leaders to develop programs, provide culturally-centric educational materials, education research, and create global exchange programs for cultivating empathy and compassion.