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STEM Programs

STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM education is a way of combining four individual fields of study to create an interdisciplinary way of thinking. Strengthening our skills in the STEM disciplines will enhance our ability to live and work in the 21stcentury.

Eastvale Stem

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Corona Stem

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Tips for Getting Girls Involved in STEM

Science and engineering play a huge role in how we learn about the world and develop ways to advance our well being. While the United States is known for its higher education compared to other leading nations, we lack in educating engineers and scientists. One of the big reasons that the United States has fallen behind in science and engineering is that not enough is being done to encourage females to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It is important that we find ways to encourage females to explore careers in STEM. Learn more here (Special thanks to Alyssa for sharing this link.)

SciGirls Profiles: Women in STEM

These women are the innovators, problem-solvers and dreamers who live right next door. They're passionate about their work, hobbies, families and helping to make the world a better place. They share their strategies for overcoming challenges and finding success and joy in jobs where women are underrepresented, and inspire girls to pursue all kinds of interests and career paths. Learn more here

STEM Career

For those seeking and promoting STEM careers. Learn more here

STEM Connector

STEM connector convenes top leaders in the field through initiatives that rapidly connect and leverage the world of STEM and help our supporters in their investments to build a STEM pipeline and workforce. Learn more here

Change the Equation

Change the Equation works at the intersection of business and education to ensure that all students are STEM literate by collaborating with schools, communities, and states to adopt and implement excellent STEM policies and programs. 

Science And Technology Education Partnership (STEP) Conference

(Local to the Inland Empire)

The Science and Technology Education Partnership (STEP) helps students, teachers, and professional scientists work together to make science and math fun and exciting. The STEP Conference is a science show and various exhibits by local science/engineering focused companies, held in October each year. Middle schools and High schools typically attend as a field trip, however, individuals can attend if they get registered on time. There is a link to the 2015 science show on their website. The 2016 STEP Conference has not been scheduled yet, so keep checking their website. Learn more here

Science Olympiad

(Local to the Inland Empire)

The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, creating a passion for learning science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers (middle and high school). Learn more here

Conference on Math and Science for African American Girls

(Local to the Inland Empire)

A fantastic organization promoting African American Girls in STEM! They just held their 4th Annual Math and Science Conference for Middle and High School African American Girls! Check their website often for information and future events. The mission of Scared Sistahs is to empower, serve, and improve the overall health, well-being, spirit, and vitality of African American and African women and children by nourishing and elevating the mind, body, and spirit. The S.E.S.H.A.T. (Seeking Excellence in Science, Health, Arithmetic, and Technology) Program focuses on encouraging girls to pursue carers with a math and science focus. See Details on their News and Events page. Learn more here

Palomares Academy of Health Sciences

(Local to the Inland Empire)

Palomares Academy of Health Sciences will prepare all students with the learning and support to reach their full potential. Students will be exposed to a host of high demand careers in Health Sciences such as pharmacists, nurses, doctors, dentists, veterinarians, dietitians, and researchers. This school provides a high quality, personalized education fro grades 7-12. Located in Pomona, CA and welcomes all students who may be considering careers in the health or biomedical sciences or students interested in exploring the many opportunities that a project-based learning academy curriculum can provide. Learn more here

Air Academy

(Local to the lnland Empire)

*** Flabob Airport hosts Air Academies for grades six through 11 during the summer at its facility. The programs run Tuesdays through Fridays, with Saturdays being reserved for Flight Days. Visit the website often for the 2015 and 2016 Air Academy schedule. Designed to be a hands-on program, the students will learn about weather from a former member of the Apollo Project, they will learn history from a former member of the Berlin Airlift, and they will have classes on reciprocating engines, jets, and rockets. Each student will build and launch a real rocket. The section on theory of flight will include building part of a wing. No previous experience is necessary, but a serious interest in aviation is essential. Lunch is provided all week and there is a field trip to March Air force base. You have to sign up early as the classes are small and they fill up fast. The cost is low and students get exposed to flying, and have an opportunity to fly one-on-one with a pilot at the end of the week. For more information call Kathy Rohm at (951) 683- 2309, Ext. 104, or visit Here is a newsletter for youth interested in Avionics. We thought this was interesting. This newsletter supports the Air Academy activities above and student interest in Aviation. There is a fee, but worth the value of the program. Learn more here

The Homework Hotline/ 1-877-827-5462

(Local to the Inland Empire)

The Harvey Mudd College (HMC) Homework Hotline is an over-the-phone, mathematics and science tutoring service for students in grades 4-12. Our program is modeled after the successful Rose-Hui man Institute of Technology (RHIT) Homework Hotline established in 1991. Students in grades 4-12 who need assistance with their mathematics and science assignments (i.e. homework, studying for a test). Both the phone call and the tutoring are free to all student callers. Also, there is no need to register or go anywhere. Students call from the safety and comfort of their homes. Check website for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Schedules. This is a FREE service. Learn more here

Street Positive

(Local to the Inland Empire)

An active organization helping parent/child relationships to succeed. They offer various programs and partner with community leaders to produce and promote events for the positive in the local areas. They also have a group called "Brother II Brother" that hosts an annual day of mentoring to help 'at-risk' males overcome challenges, gain perspective, and problem solve so they can move to success. This organization provides frequent informative programs. Learn more here

EXCELL Program

This is a Saturday school sponsored by the LACBPE (Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers)on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Excell Program is an academically enriched program for Black and other minority students that provides PSAT and SAT classes, and an educational enhancement for students in mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry and computer enrichment. The Excell program was established by the Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers in March 1989, as a pilot project. The program strives to stimulate student interest in learning math and science which will be the prime focus for careers in future years. This program is in constant review and is constantly upgraded to meet the needs of our students. The Excell Program Spring 2015 Session is complete for 2015, but check the website this fall for the February 2016 start dates. Classes are Saturday mornings 9 am -12 noon at Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA. Learn more here

UCR University STEM Academy

(Local to the Inland Empire)

The University STEM Academy is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program to stimulate more interest and enhance performances in technical subjects by students in the Black Community. The program provides tutoring/mentoring classes in Math and the Sciences for students in grades 6-9. The first cohort began last October. Classes are conducted on Saturdays using classrooms and facilities provided by the University. 2014 cost was $100 for a 10 week structured program. Applications for 2015-2016 should be available Sep-Oct 2015. Learn more here

College Bound

(Local to the Inland Empire)

There is a group called College Bound that meets at 3 universities in SoCal. The closest to us meets at the Pomona College. Pomona has hosted College Bound programs for 10 years during which the number of families participating in College Bound classes and seminars on campus has grown from a handful to close to 250. To address the needs of the Southern California families of underserved students, College Bound offers numerous programs, including Saturday School at Pomona College, as well as Loyola Marymount University and Cal State Long Beach. Sessions meet on Saturdays. Students are grouped according to grade and work on various informative and technical projects. Tuition fees are required. Learn more here

Project Pipeline Architectural Summer Camps

(Los Angeles area)

The National Organization of Minority Architect (NOMA) has created a summer STEM program entitled, Project Pipeline Architectural Summer Camp. The program is a STEM pipeline designed to expose underrepresented children to the built environment and architectural profession as early as the third grade and through the twelfth grade. In addition, this exposure will be provided by utilizing NOMA members, who are, professionals and college interns. NOMA's Project Pipeline is one of the few initiatives in the nation connecting children and architecture. Learn more here

Oratorical and Webpage Competitions

(Local to the Inland Empire)

Our Blacks in Government organization hosts annual Oratorical and STEM (robotics)

competitions. Our local chapter, Greater Riverside STEM Chapter, also hosts Oratorical and STEM Development Workshopswhich provide basic public speaking skills and introduce student to robotics. The workshops also prepare and encourage youth to participate in our annual competitions. FYI -- In 2013, both our oratorical and webpage winners advanced to the region competition, then advanced to the national competition, and BOTH won 1st place! It was an awesome experience for our chapter and for the students! Both students were from the Corona-Norco Unified School District! Greater Riverside STEM Chapter competition was held April 12, 2015. Our first place winner advanced to the Regional competition on May 15 in Los Angeles, CA. The Oratorical topic for the 2015 competitions was: "Domestic Violence and Abuse: How Can We Cure this Societal Disease?" and the Robotic topic for the 2015 competitions was: "Exploring the Capability of Robotic Engineering". The 2015 region IX winner advancing to the National STEM competition in August 2015 is a student at Roosevelt HS. Learn more here

Miscellaneous Scholarships

  • Check out Roybal-Allard House for a 56 page scholarship guide, Courtesy of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-24). This is a good starting source for scholarships that includes application deadlines.
  • Also check out Black Student (Black News) Opportunities for a listing of scholarships provided by Black News.

U.S. Navy STEM Scholarship

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), in partnership with the Office of Naval Research HBCU/Minority Institution's Program Office, developed the NAVSEA Scholarship to reach out the next generation of scientists and engineers. As tuition, cost of living, and other related college expenses continue to rise, NAVSEA's Scholars Program help students focus on academics instead of mounting financial debt. Learn more here

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