MyBEST: Mentored Youth Building Employable Skills in Technology
200 students in grades 7–12, with special emphasis on girls and youth of color, from the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area work with museum staff and community and industry mentors to learn programming, engineering and multi-media production.
The Science Museum of Minnesota’s youth-based ITEST program engages inner city teens in creating a learning community for STEM education through creative technology projects led by adult professionals in sciences and the arts. Through a three-year series and cycle of festivals, workshops, and presentations, 200 participating teenagers - with special emphasis on girls, youth of color, and economically disadvantaged youth - in grades 7–12 engage in hands-on design and construction workshops integrating familiar materials, computer technology, electronics, and engineering while developing relationships with one another, the program staff, and adult mentors.