Black History Month 2023
Black History Month is a time to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of Black individuals and to ensure that Black history is accessible to all. Black scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and technologists have made crucial advancements in their professions and paved the way for future generations. By celebrating the achievements of these individuals, we encourage youth to “see themselves” in STEM and to pursue careers in these areas, creating a brighter future for all. The NSF ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) Program is focused on promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM fields. ITEST projects provide opportunities for groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM, including Black students, to engage in hands-on technology and computer science experiences that help to increase their exposure to and interest in these fields.
To see how ITEST projects are inspiring the next generation of STEM innovators, click on the resources below.
Project Spotlight: Strengthening the STEM Pipeline for Elementary School African Americans, Hispanics, and Girls by Scaling Up Summer Engineering Experiences
As part of our series exploring what ITEST projects have been up to in the summer of 2017, we learned about the work of Strengthening the STEM Pipeline for Elementary School African Americans, Hispanics, and Girls by Scaling Up Summer Engineering Experiences led by Principal Investigator Karl Reid of the National Society of Black Eng
Engaging Youth in Expanded STEM Career Pathways through Clean Energy Literacy Development
The University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science plans a five-year project to investigate the capacity of a previously developed clean energy-focused intervention model to affect positive learning outcomes and greater career awareness among a broader audience of under-represented group students aged 14-16.
Preparing African American Males for Energy & Education (PAAMEE)
The proposed project, Preparing African American Males for Energy and Education (PAAMEE), is an ITEST Strategies project designed to expose, motivate and prepare African American males for technical careers and post-secondary education in the Power Generation and Renewable Energy industries.
Strengthening the STEM Pipeline for Elementary School African Americans, Hispanics, and Girls by Scaling Up Summer Engineering Experiences
This project aims to expand the implementation of a NSBE-supported program, "Summer Engineering Experiences for Kids" (SEEK), from 14 sites in 2016, to 31 by 2019; from 3,825 3rd-5th grade African American, Hispanic, and female students in 2015, to cumulative 27,000 across the nation over the three-year duration of the project.
Broadening Life STEM Participation Among Historically Black Colleges and Universities
In meeting the national need for a stronger and more diverse future workforce, NSF supports contributions from all segments of the STEM community through investments in programs targeting underrepresented populations and institutions. Responding to the Life STEM initiative, this workshop will use information from NSF's longstanding efforts for broadening participation to help minority serving institutions create, implement, and evaluate innovative models of intervention in STEM for the students they serve in life science and bioscience.
Early College Career Exploration Through STEM Courses and Apprenticeships in Advanced Manufacturing
In the wake of COVID-19, Greater Cleveland’s low-income families need a stronger pathway out of poverty. Cleveland’s residents are getting poorer: the city’s overall poverty rate reached 34.6% in 2018, up from 27% in 2006. For children, that rate reached 50.9%, up from 41.9% in 2006.
Peer-learning communities to develop rural, African American girls' computer science knowledge and career awareness
This project tackles the urgent need to encourage and support young, African American women to pursue studies and careers in computer science (CS). The researchers will design year-long activities that include workshops and an online peer learning community to immerse 120 female African American high school students from Alabama in computing content and career awareness. The program begins with an intense summer experience that prepares students for the College Board's Advanced Placement CS Principles (CSP) course.
Engaging African American Young Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Through Community-Centered Making
The project will develop and research a model for engaging high-school-aged African American women from low-income families in STEM-related making and entrepreneurship educational programs. Making is a culture that emphasizes interest-driven learning by doing within an informal, peer-led, and creative social environment.