Amerikam will be an Industry Sponsor for the Junior Achievement "Passport to STEM: A Virtual Experience" event, on May 6, 2021.
"The JA Passport to STEM: A Virtual Experience will reach hundreds of 7th and 8th-grade boys and girls in the greater Grand Rapids, Lansing, Lakeshore, Battle Creek & Kalamazoo, and Northern Michigan areas. In a 2-hour online event, JA introduces these students to female mentors who work in STEM-related fields and shows them the exciting possibilities for their future. After a TED-style talk from inspirational STEM women, mentors use the JA It's My Future curriculum to encourage students to ask questions about their own futures and urge them to consider a career in STEM.
But why? We have a growing nationwide STEM gap.
- STEM-related jobs grew at 3 times the rate of non-related STEM jobs between 2000 and 2010.
- There has been a steep decline in the number of female graduates with computer science degrees over the past 3 decades.
- 2/3 of teens say they may be discouraged from pursuing a stem career simply because they don't know anyone else in these fields or they don't understand what people in these fields do."