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.
At a 20.6% growth rate, Science & Engineering occupations are projected to grow at more than double the rate of the overall U.S. labor force through 2018. In four years, 71% of STEM jobs will be in Computing. New York is expected to have the 3rd largest job market with an estimated 477,000 STEM related jobs. It is our responsibility to ensure that students are equipped to maximize their potential and positioned to succeed in the new market.
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 will develop 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 and the vision to see beyond what’s directly in front of us and see the possibilities. Have the passion to execute the plan and bring the vision to fruition. This road is often the one less travelled and fraught with obstacles, we must have the courage to face adversity along the way and the determination to forge ahead. Through it all, ensure our integrity remains intact and serves as a guiding principle that will help us grow and retain our instilled values.
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 during the course of 8-weeks. 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. Parent sessions are run concurrently with student sessions during the 8-weeks. Parents are encouraged to actively engage and help their child prepare for final presentations.
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Teachers / Schools
i6 will provide consulting services for teachers and schools to provide recommendations on strategic integration of technology into the curriculum and innovative methods to encourage active student engagement in STEM related subject areas.
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