STEM Mentors Needed for Baltimore City Middle School Robotics Students

The BmoreSTEM Ecosystem is initiating a pilot mentoring program for the Baltimore City Middle School Robotics program and we are in need of volunteer mentors to pair up with the students in the Middle School Robotics program. We are in search of local employees, retirees, college students and high school students to act as mentors to the middle school robotics participants. Our goal is capitalize on the youth’s interest in STEM (i.e. Robotics) and put them on an academic path to STEM careers and ultimately keep them on a STEM career path into and through High School.
Mentors will be able to engage in several activities with the students to include – assisting with coaching the robotics teams, attending Robotics events with the students, providing guidance on classes they should be taking to be prepared to enter high school and college ready to pursue STEM careers, and utilize on-line resources to guide them in career path selection. Our objective is to have 1 mentor per robotics student.
The time commitment for the mentors is expected to be about 1 hour per week. BmoreSTEM will provide the mentors with training materials to facilitate potential activities with the students and educate the mentors on the course sequences the students should be following to prepare for STEM careers (e.g. completion of Algebra I in Middle School and Calculus in High School).

If you are interested or have questions about this opportunity, please contact Gino Tagatay (email BmoreSTEMnet@gmail.com).


Effective Mentoring Workgroup Launched

Career Mentoring for Robotics Youth

We are happy to announce the formation of our first workforce development focused workgroup: Career Mentoring for Robotics Youth. The workgroup, co-chaired by Mike Hinkey and Gino Tagaytay, will focus on developing a pilot mentoring program for youth participating in City Schools’ robotics program. 

The goal is to move middle school students from showing an interest in STEM to putting them on, and keeping them on, a STEM career path into and through high school. The workgroup will develop partnerships with local employers and colleges/universities to identify mentors to both assist with a robotics team and provide career mentoring to students. On-line resources (such as Tallo, Gladeo, and Naviance) will be considered to facilitate initial career mentoring conversations, and existing infrastructure from established mentoring programs (such as THREAD and Maryland MENTOR) will be utilized where possible.

Please contact Mike Hinkey or email BmoreSTEMnet@gmail.com if you are interested in playing a key role.