The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh STEM Impact Training Initiative is a systems-building effort to build enthusiasm and capacity for informal STEM education in the Greater Pittsburgh community. This initiative consists of a consortium of after-school providers within the Greater Pittsburgh area dedicated to providing informal science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to underrepresented children and youth and professional development opportunities for participating after-school service providers throughout Allegheny County.
The goal of this project is to increase exposure to, and interest in STEM for students who come from high poverty, ethnic and racial minority, disabled, and female populations, all of which continue to be significantly underrepresented in the STEM career fields.
Over the summer 100 students in grades four through six from 16 sites within the Greater Pittsburgh area will participate in STEM delivered curriculum with interactive and co-educational activities structured, uniquely, for both girls and boys varied learning styles.
It is our hope that this initiative will mobilize the Greater Pittsburgh community to support informal STEM education in out-of-school time. More importantly, we hope to ignite excitement and engage underrepresented children and youth in exploring the wonderful world of STEM!