It’s been nearly three years since the Evanston community received a three-year grant from the Noyce Foundation to help young people pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Options for the future for the program will be outlined tonight to the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board of Education at its monthly “working” board meeting.
In addition to District 65, the local partnership involves other educational and community organizations as well, including Evanston Township High School, Northwestern University, McGaw YMCA, Family Focus, Youth & Opportunity United (YOU), and the Evanston Public Library.
Its basic mission is to reach out to those segments of young people, such as females and “underrepresented youth,” that historically have been left out of the traditional pathways for education and careers in the scientific fields.
Under the EvanSTEM umbrella have been such projects as science clubs, robotics training, computer coding, and the like that have broadened the appeal of technical careers for today’s youth.
Tonight’s report will be presented by Kirby Callam, EvanSTEM’s project director.