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Tuesday, November 10 • 11:20am - 12:30pm
Breaking Down Barriers: Social and Cultural Contributors to Ensure STEM for All

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Role models, hands-on projects, real-world applications. We know what it takes to create engaging STEM programming. Or do we? Why does the Commonwealth still face challenges reaching diverse populations and increasing their interest and achievement? How do we need to work together to support our students as STEM learners and as whole persons? 

In this interactive and dynamic workshop, several case studies, addressing areas such as hip hop ed/youth culture, citizen science, culturally appropriate training for role models, will stimulate discussion and scrutiny of strategies that address social and cultural barriers in STEM for middle and high school students, particularly those in underserved and underrepresented populations. Participants will work in small thematic groups and then share out with the larger group. A Google document of all ideas will be created and shared with all participants.

We anticipate that strategies for inclusion will be applicable to the entire STEM learning ecosystem, from students in lower grades and those entering college, and to the out-of-school community. 

We welcome participation and contributions from anyone looking to make a real difference in STEM learning for underserved populations. Be prepared to learn, to share success or challenges, to confront implicit bias, and to create community between educators, industry practitioners, and students.

Case studies will be made available on the Summit website via a link prior to the conference. 


Tracy Callahan

Community Lab Director, Biogen

Connie Chow

Board member, Massachusetts Academy of Sciences

Tuesday November 10, 2015 11:20am - 12:30pm EST
Location TBD
  AM Breakout II