What is STEMup Baton Rouge?
STEMup Baton Rouge is a community-based, collaborative project designed to close opportunity gaps and strengthen local STEM talent pipeline by providing high-impact STEM mentoring to middle school students enrolled in the East Baton Rouge School System. See Year 1 Results
Why STEM Mentoring?
According to the Afterschool Alliance, lack of a STEM “identity” is often cited as one of the primary reasons that young people don’t pursue STEM fields. Research has found that even students who do well in STEM subjects do not aspire to STEM careers – often times the students’ idea of what a STEM professional does and looks like doesn’t match who they are. We believe that middle school mentoring can play a major role in addressing the issue early on and increasing students’ chances of graduating from high school prepared for success in college and career in Louisiana’s growing knowledge economy.
- Excite and sustain interest in STEM topics linked to their community
- Build STEM knowledge, skills, and confidence
- Provide access to community professionals, relevant experiences and valuable career possibilities
Our mission is to provide engaging and locally relevant STEM-rich learning experiences that positively impact student attitudes about learning and empower them to problem solve, think creatively, use technology appropriately, communicate and learn from each other and mentors. The model targets underrepresented students and our success depends on partnerships with STEM professionals and STEM-rich institutions, professional development for both mentor and teacher and methods for examining impact.
Building STEM Identity