Highlights from our in TEN80 Annual STEMfest, in partnership with STEAM Revolution Inc and the US Army.
The STEAM Revolution (STR) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, created in 2017, as a community activities extension of the Robert J Brown Equity Foundation. STR is an organization committed to the career development of youth. Based on the STEAM educational system, STR is designed to connect youth in urban areas to careers outside of their normal purview i.e. Engineering, Medical Sciences, and Programming Technology.
STR ascribes to Revolution as a need for major change in how our children are being prepped for the future. Our communities are producing a product (our children) that is ill equipped to compete in a technology-driven society.
With Atlanta being a global city, we must be cognizant of the goals of the global community, one of which is the equipping of our youth with the technological skills to communicate across borders. According to the United Nations "Today, there are 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10-24—they are the largest generation of youth in history. Close to 90 per cent of them live in developing countries and under developed communities. Their numbers are expected to grow—between 2015 and 2030 alone, about 1.9 billion young people are projected to turn 15 years old. Connected to each other like never before, young people want to and already contribute to the resilience of their communities, proposing innovative solutions, driving social progress and inspiring political change . They are also agents of change, mobilizing to advance the Sustainable Development Goals to improve the lives of people and the health of the planet.
The product of STR’s efforts will be a community of youth, (the very best of which will be designated as ‘ambassadors’), who have an increased sense of where they fit in our society. The Ambassadors will be chosen from the programs participants who demonstrate the will and desire to lead STR’s efforts to empower the next generation. To assist their efforts, these Ambassadors will be equipped to access to the internet with expectation that they will work to stay connected with STR communications and educational webinars.
STR’s goal is help produce employees and leaders of tomorrow that can help solve real-life problems. STR programs will have their ambassadors work in teams so that students learn how to balance their academic and personal skills, talents and interests to choose a career path right for them. STR ambassadors will develop a variety of skills that are essential for success: critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration, and entrepreneurship, to name a few.
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. STEAM promotes a structure of community and business partnerships with schools.
STR utilizes STEAM lessons that are built within the community. Business and civic leaders including lawyers, medical professionals, serving as mentors and most importantly, real life role models. A community of people from multiple disciplines who will contribute to learning by interacting with the ambassadors regularly.
Examples of how STR will use STEAM learning to achieves its goals:
· Design- Art can serve a practical function. Through industrial design, students could improve the appearance, design, and usability of a product created during a STEM project.
· Performing arts- drama, speech and technical or persuasive writing are critical skillsets to success. Those arts fit naturally into the communications stage of the engineering design process.
· Creative planning. As students brainstorm solutions for an engineering problem, encourage them to adopt a playful, inventive, artistic approach. Calling on their artistic right brain can help them to generate more creative and innovative thinking.
STR will use a variety of tactics, in conjunction with its partners and the tenets of STEAM, to positively impact the youth of our community:
· Envision the Dream seminars- Representatives will conduct breakout sessions in a multitude of disciplines including: robotics, coding, medicine, film and music production, situational leadership, and business concepts. Each breakout will address different STEAM related concepts and skills.
· Mentorship - STEAM Revolution will partner with Fraternal Organizations and Community Leadership Organizations i.e. My Brother's Keeper and other community stakeholders for Education in Atlanta and beyond to provide leaders and mentors in the communities where our Ambassadors reside
· Role model visitors – sending representatives in various careers to visit schools and talk to classes studying things in their field
· Career Nights – sending representatives from various careers to visit a school on an evening to discuss the things they do in their line of work
· Site Visits – inviting a class to their workplace to see what happens there as well as to see different people performing different functions.
· Research Study – plan a study with a class to analyze a situation or product
· Projects – plan a work, design, construction or productive project between a class and a business or organization.
· Equipment – donations of items that can be used by the schools for projects. Specifically, laptops/tablets are a critical element to providing the access points for learning.
· Supplies – donations of items that can be used by the schools for projects.
· Financial Assistance – donations for general operations, project sponsorship, piece of equipment, fees, training, awards, etc. Sponsor a teacher or staff to deliver professional development training.
STR is an organization designed for a specific purpose—to integrate and share knowledge in urban communities to build our youth so that they add value by creating technologies and designing solutions to real-world challenges.
The Steam Revolution’s vision is to develop a community of youth (ambassadors) who are motivated and competent in bringing forth solutions to tomorrow's problems.
While STR serves as the community activity arm of the Robert J. Brown Equity Foundation, partnerships will be the foundation to its success. STR already works closely with the Morehouse School of Medicine and West Point. STR’s goal is to build additional strategic partnerships that will foster pipelines to success through mentorship, engagement, and experience. Each of our partners will be arrayed in that manner as we build networks of encouragement and enablement around the city of Atlanta and beyond. Atlanta is a blueprint for our STEAM Revolution model and we hope to expand it nationwide.
H.R. 1036 addresses a critical area of importance to Georgia’s technology industry—its future workforce. The technology industry in Georgia is rapidly growing and maintaining a pipeline of qualified students will keep Georgia at the leading edge of technology and innovation. Georgia is the leading state in several sectors, including financial technology, information security, and health information technology. These sectors continue to see job growth and these jobs are in high demand areas, providing great wages and career paths.
With greater public awareness of computer science education in the state, Georgia students have the potential to fill these jobs. The comprehensive statewide campaign outlined in H.R. 1036 would provide the necessary resources to connect students with information about careers in computer science. These steps ensure Georgia students are exposed to computer science at an early age and have the tools they need to enter Georgia’s tech workforce. Georgia is a national leader in the tech industry. To maintain our competitive advantage, we must ensure all Georgia students have the opportunity to take part.
Source: 2018 Bills Passed by the Georgia General Assembly
tagonline.org/resources/government-affairs/capitol-updates/tag-capitol-update-march-30-2018/2018-bills-passed-by-thegeorgia-general-assembly March 30, 2018
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