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Review for Steamd Inc, Broadlands, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

STEAMd (Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math Development) is non-profit organization led by a team of professionals, STEAMd Inc. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math development) is dedicated to initiating programs designed to create awareness and excitement as well as educate and inspire girls (grades 3 through 12) about the vast array of career opportunities available to women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). In addition to traditional STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), STEAMd Inc. programs include Arts because Twenty-first century arts require advanced knowledge of STEM skills.

Only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career.
Less than half of young women who pursue a college major in a STEM field choose to work in a related career. The United States is falling behind internationally among industrialized nations, ranking 25th in mathematics and 17th in science. In today’s competitive global economy, this situation puts our nation’s youth at a severe disadvantage when it comes to future employment and quality of life.
By 2018, there will be 1.2 million US job openings in STEM fields, with a significant shortage of qualified applicants to fill them. Providing quality access to STEM education and careers to all children – especially girls, low-income youth, and students of color – is an economic and social justice imperative for the United States.

Women and girls continue to be significantly underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEAM) education and careers. However, research shows that it’s not for lack of interest and further suggests that mentoring and training and would help to increase interest and pursuits in STEM education and careers.
STEAMD Inc, is working with elementary, middle and high school providing after school programs such as: Mentoring, Networking, Program Management training (HS seniors) coding and more. The goal is to integrate this after-school program into as many schools across in Northern VA and beyond.

Role:  Board Member