Mission: Expose underrepresented students to STEM, empower parents as educational partners, collaborate with educators to foster creative learning environments and increase minority presence in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics
Middle school is a challenging period for students; they are in the midst of social, emotional and physical transitions while facing more rigorous academic demands. This is also a season rife with opportunity, however during middle school many students veer away from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject areas. It’s important to provide sufficient exposure before students dismiss these fields. Prior to 2001, African American students showed the highest level of interest in STEM, excluding Asian students. Since then, African American students interest in STEM has plunged and is now lower than any other ethnicity.
STEM occupations are projected to grow by 13% through 2027, compared to a 9% growth rate for non-STEM professions, with computing and engineering jobs leading the way.* 93% of STEM jobs have wages above the national average**, but at the current rate, US universities are expected to produce only 29% of the graduates*** to fill these roles. It is our responsibility to ensure that students are equipped to maximize their potential and positioned to succeed in this market filled with opportunities.
*Taken from Change The Equation; ** Bureau of Labor Statistics; *** US Department of Labor
ionic6 will expose urban minority middle school students to technology in a fun and engaging environment, provide computer essentials training for parents and consulting services to teachers for technology integration in the curriculum. Middle school students will develop coding skills and learn more about STEM related career opportunities while parents build skills to encourage their child’s STEM interest and development. i6 believes a strong support network is essential to the students success. We will help to strengthen the partnership between parents, teachers, the school and community.
Use recently gained insight
to think creatively and
Effectively work with others on a project. Appreciate the value of diverse thoughts and learn to leverage everyone’s contribution for a better result.
Construct the code to formulate the ideas discussed. Practical application of the concepts learned.
See conceptual turn into reality as their ideas are brought to life. Witness the impact of technology and witness the effects when the code runs successfully.
Our i6 Values
We must have the curiosity to explore new things, the vision to see the possibilities and the passion to execute the plan. We must have the courage to face adversity and the determination to forge ahead and ensure our integrity remains intact and serves as a guiding principle that will help us change the world.
Students will learn coding essentials using Scratch , designed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Scratch is a fun and engaging tool to teach students basic programming concepts to capture, engage and demonstrate the power of computing. Students will have an opportunity to showcase their work.
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Parents will learn computing essentials including word processing, email management and navigating social media. Parents are encouraged to actively engage and help their child prepare for final presentations.
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