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Dr. Sunyata Smith Brings Science Passion to STEM Starter Academy to Help At-Risk Youth

By Gerald D. Dennis, Campaign Director of the Mount Vernon Technology & Science Youth Center for Advancement
Today in the United States, a child’s zip code often determines the quality of education they will receive. Sadly, children from “the wrong zip code”—poor children and children of color like the ones at our STEM camp—don’t get a quality education. The effects of this disparity are far reaching and include higher crime rates, high unemployment rates, and higher levels of poverty. If nothing is done to improve the odds for minority children, the problem won’t be limited to certain zip codes. It will affect our entire nation; many suggest it already has impacted our nations’ competitiveness in the global economy. More >>

Dr. Wesley Pitts Builds Capacity in Urban Science Education

Professor Wesley Pitts works to build capacity so that urban science education can flourish where there are mutual interfaces. His research combines frameworks from cultural sociology with critical ethnography, cogenerative dialogue, coteaching, and prosodic analysis technology to investigate teaching and learning in the urban landscape. A complementary avenue of his research investigates the use of electronic portfolios as high-stakes exit projects in science teacher education programs.