Only founded in 2014 STEAM Coders has already served nearly 400 greater Los Angeles area students. The Pasadena, CA-based nonprofit is teaching disadvantaged and underrepresented middle and high school students of color the fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).
While ethnic and racial groups that have historically comprised a minority of the U.S. population are growing in size and influence, they remain underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics nationally. 4% of minority students are awarded degrees in physical science while 12% of other students receive degrees in this area. In 2011 National Science Foundation Reports Low Minority Representation on STEM Faculties. And according to the New York Times, in 2013, both women and people of color earned fewer higher education STEM degrees than ever.
STEAM Coders is on point to, through hands on activities, field trips and classroom instruction, help students develop the requisite skills to excel in the STEAM fields, spurring their appreciation the fields and fueling a desire to engage in activities that will spur imagination and innovation, in a quest to find solutions.
With burgeoning demand in the STEAM fields STEAM Coders is on a fast track to grow to assure underrepresented populations are not left behind. So far classes have been held in Pasadena, Claremont/Pomona, Inglewood and Los Angeles.Yhey are looking to expand with the help of grants, individual donations and strategic partnerships. To learn more, get involved, teach courses and make a donation visit www.steamcoders.org