Forming a STEM Identity

Forming a STEM Identity

The friction caused by inequities in the lives of students from underserved communities, including access to engaging STEM learning, are prevalent for those LETS GO serves. By offering training, materials and ongoing support to our partners, we can collaborate to open new doors for our students through STEM. Our efforts lead to the smiling and concentrated faces like those on students at T.C Henderson Elementary School in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina. By engaging in hands on activities, like exploring the concept of surface tension, Scholars gain a voice that says “I can do STEM too.”

LETS GO programs seek to inspire students to develop a STEM identity—the internal belief that they are a person capable of being successful in STEM. As we strengthen STEM identity, students feel motivated to improve their academic performance and develop life skills that will set them on the path to success in K-12 education, college, and their career. Through participating in our evidence-based programming, students will learn that the skills they develop through STEM education (inquiry, collaboration, communication, etc.) are transferable skills that will be valuable tools for a successful career.  By investing in these students today, we are building the diverse workforce of tomorrow.

To increase opportunities for students to develop STEM identity through the program, LETS GO actively recruits STEM and STEM-related professionals to volunteer as STEM guest speakers. For more information about volunteer opportunities, please reach out to connect@letsgoboysandgirls.com