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Urban STEM Education: A Vehicle for Broadening Participation in STEM

Urban STEM Education: A Vehicle for Broadening Participation in STEM
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Author(s): Brandy Huderson (University of the District of Columbia, USA) and Ashley Huderson (American Society of Mechanical Engineers, USA)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 24
Source title: K-12 STEM Education in Urban Learning Environments
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jillian L. Wendt (University of the District of Columbia, USA) and Danielle L. Apugo (University of the District of Columbia, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7814-7.ch001

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Abstract

Students in underserved urban communities often lack access to educational opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Evidence reveals a lack of STEM access in urban environments, displaying a clear pattern impacting predominantly impoverished neighborhoods the hardest. The issue of STEM education in urban schools reflects an increased interest in expanding and diversifying the future workforce to compete in a STEM-centered future. STEM has been positioned as a critical part of urban education reform efforts and a potential vehicle to broadening participation in STEM. In various US cities, schools labeled as failing are being repurposed as selective STEM-intensive academies to build a STEM education infrastructure. In this chapter, the authors discuss the barriers associated with urban STEM education and how this underserved population is a vital vehicle to increase diversity in STEM.

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