Education
4:14 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Overtown Youth Center Introduces STEM Summer Program

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Credit Alonzo Mourning mans the pump for the unveiling of the Overtown Youth Center’s STEM program. CW GRIFFIN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The Overtown Youth Center is introducing a new STEM curriculum to its summer program, aimed at underserved kids. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

Aerospace company AAR funded the $350,000 program.

In a recent study, The National Science Board found while diversity in the science and engineering fields has improved, African Americans, Hispanics and women remain underrepresented in the workforce. 

Tina Brown, who runs the center, says that’s why they’re introducing this program to the kids this summer.

"We hope that they will get a better grasp of the concepts and want to pursue some of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics magnet programs in Miami-Dade County Public Schools or maybe even begin to look at career paths."

Students in the program range from ages 8 through 18. Brown says they’ll participate in hands-on projects like building robots and rockets.