Jaden Roles AmeriCorps VISTA joins BmoreSTEM

Hi everyone, my name is Jaden Roles. I am the new BmoreSTEM VISTA serving at the Baltimore City Public Schools administration building. I am from Baltimore, Maryland, and I am a recent graduate of ACCE (Academy for Career and College Exploration) which I attended for 4 years. Growing up, I was the youngest of 5 siblings, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. I was always the quiet and introverted person out of the family, so joining AmeriCorps is definitely out of my comfort zone which I need. In high school, I was shadowed people, always wanting someone else to act for me. Once graduation came, I promised myself to be more assertive, social and reveal the side I wanted to show.

I asked myself “Why should I join AmeriCorps?” multiple times. I had plenty of options to choose where I wanted to spend my time. Also, my friends and family offered various opinions. The advice they gave me was very much appreciated but I believed I was destined for something else. I wanted to give back and help others like others helped me. I didn't graduate or even get this opportunity to be a part of the STEM community by myself. I was blessed with amazing mentors from an organization called Thread and also I was given more feedback upon joining Americorps. One of my mentors told me, “Do what you love and everything else will follow”. This team that I have joined has already started providing me with the tools I can apply in the business world and also in my personal life.

I am going to bring 110% effort every day. This line of work is very much new to me, but I love a challenge. The promise I made at graduation to more assertive is finally coming to be. I will continue giving back with Americorps.

My role at BmoreSTEM is a Capacity Building Specialist. I document policies and procedures. I research other STEM ecosystems nationally. I support implementation of the BmoreSTEM website. I assist workgroups to help them be successful. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out at bmorestemnet@gmail.com.


Let’s Celebrate Students’ Achievements at the JHU Robotics Tournament

Robotics is a fun and engaging way for students to learn more about engineering and cultivate skills that are important in the workplace.  Baltimore City Public School students competed in a robotics tournament at Johns Hopkins University.

 

Delali's presenstation inspired students to consider a career in STEM. Watch the video of this presentation and browse the slide deck for this presentation.


Candace Givens Shares Why You Should Pursue the Career You Want

Listen to Candance Givens compelling story.  She shares her journey to become an Electrical Engineer and then to go on to become a Vice President for a leading defense contractor locally.  Candace encourages high school students attending a robotics tournament at the Historic Cherry Hill Elementary / Middle School in Baltimore City.


STEM Expanded Learning Database Workgroup Launched

We are happy to announce the formation of our next workgroup, the STEM Learning Database workgroup. Expanded learning refers to opportunities for students after-school, over the summer, and/or at STEM-rich institutions (e.g., museums, zoo, science center)

The new workgroup will support schools and community groups who need additional information when building STEM partnerships. The workgroup will consider criteria for high-quality STEM expanded learning programming and collaborate with existing initiatives to catalog and build matchmaking resources for school and community partnerships.

Please contact Ellie Mictchell or Dawn Shirley by email at BmoreSTEMnet@gmail.com if you are interested in playing a key role.


Middle Schoolers Hear about Engineering Careers

At the Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School VEX robotics tournament, members of robotics teams took time out to learn about what it is like to become an engineer in Maryland. Mike Hinkey and William Redmond shared their first hand experiences with the youth.

For further information, view any of these videos

 

This presentation is an outgrowth of the work of the BmoreSTEM Effective STEM Mentoring Opportunities workgroup.  BmoreSTEM is looking for more presenters, especially for:

  • Medical
  • Engineering in a Non-defense industry
  • Advanced Manufactoring
  • Computing
  • Cyber
  • Computer Gaming
  • Finance/Business/Accounting
  • Data Analytics
  • Research
  • Education

Share Your Career

BmoreSTEM is looking for STEM professionals to present about their careers. We will videotape the presentations if desired, but other forms of presentation are welcomed as well.


BmoreSTEM Website Updated

A cohort of Towson University seniors majoring in Information Technology spent the fall semester working on a capstone project for us.  The project added content and functionality to the BmoreSTEM website. The first enhancement was to revise the look and feel of the website to:

  • Create a more professional appearance
  • Enhance consistency across pages
  • Make it easier to maintain.

 

The second enhancement was to provide additional detail about the efforts of each of our active workgroups. Finally, the team worked to define requirements for the website to better meet the needs of parents in the Baltimore City community.  The team hosted two focus group meetings with representative parents. As a result, the team developed BETA versions of two features.  On feature is a repository (searchable database) of STEM offerings in the city.  When finished, this repository will summarize local:

  • After-school and summer STEM programs
  • STEM Attractions (such as museums and zoos)
  • Upcoming STEM Events

 

The other new feature was a curated list of weblinks to aid parents in guiding their children on their exploration of STEM occupations. The purpose of providing these resources is to help parents to inspire an interest in STEM, to help communicate the variety of STEM and STEM-related job opportunities that exist, and to share strategies for preparing for such jobs.

The website committee is looking for STEM professions to volunteer as advisors to vet these resources and suggest additional pertinent resources.

Volunteer to Advise Us

BmoreSTEM is looking for STEM professionals to help advise us. Advisers will curate our career development resources. These resources will empower parents to guide their children.


Alternate Spring Break Opportunity to Encourage College Students to Consider Teaching STEM

The STEM Teacher Recruitment Workgroup will pilot an alternative spring break, ASB, experience for undergraduate STEM majors from Johns Hopkins, Morgan State and Notre Dame Universities the week of March 16, 2020.  The goal of this experience is to expose current undergraduate students to STEM classrooms in Baltimore City to encourage these students to consider teaching as a career option while serving their local community.  Participants will include:

  • Post-secondary undergraduates who will co-teach with a STEM teacher during their college/university spring break.  Students can be freshmen – seniors.  The team will work to ensure that freshmen, if selected, are very mature and placed with an appropriate grade level based on their age and maturity.  
  • Baltimore City Secondary STEM teachers including computer science (grades 7-12).

So far two middle schools and one high school have agreed to provide teachers to participate as mentors for undergraduate students. Our goal is to place 5 students with 5 teachers in the pilot year.  We are in the process of applying for approval to award CPD units to participating teachers.  Teachers would be required to attend a training and reflection meetings, participate in collaborative planning with an assigned undergraduate student and host the student in their science classroom for the week of March 16th, 2020.


Baltimore City Robotics Programs Continue to Expand

Team Growth Over TIme Bar Chart

Number of Programs

    • Increase in total number of programs
      • 2013-14: 38 programs
      • 2014-15: 62 programs
      • 2015-16: 82 programs
      • 2016-17: 79 programs
      • 2017-18: 72 programs
      • 2018-19: 82 programs
      • 2019-20: 95 programs

Baltimore City Public Schools remains a large percentage of Maryland programs:

  • 53/146 (36.3%) of registered Maryland VEX IQ teams are from Baltimore City up from 44/158 (27.8%) from December 2018
  • 37/180 (20.5%) of registered Maryland VEX teams are from Baltimore City up from (18.7%) from December 2018

 

Year\Program FLL FLL Jr. FRC VEX VEX IQ Grand Total
2013-14 14   2 22   38
2014-15 25   1 36   62
2015-16 26 9 1 24 22 82
2016-17 22 13 1 26 17 79
2017-18 16 15 1 21 19 72
2018-19 18 15 1 26 22 82
2019-20 22 18* 1 23 31 95
Grand Total 143 70 8 178 111 510

*Projected

Number of Teams

  • Increase in the number of teams
    • 2013-14: 58 teams
    • 2014-15: 91 teams
    • 2015-16: 89 teams
    • 2016-17: 112 teams
    • 2017-18: 110 teams
    • 2018-19: 127 teams
    • 2019-20: 140 teams

 

Year\Program FLL FLL Jr. FRC VEX VEX IQ Grand Total
2013-14 15   2 41   58
2014-15 26   1 64   91
2015-16 22 7 1 34 25 89
2016-17 24 13 1 47 27 112
2017-18 19 20 1 35 35 110
2018-19 19 20 1 44 43 127
2019-20 24 22* 1 37 56 140
Grand Total 149 82 8 302 185 587

*Projected

 

Number of New Programs

    • Increase in number of new programs each year, but declines in 2016-17.
      • 2013-14: 16 of 38 programs are new (42.1%)
      • 2014-15: 38 of 62 programs are new (61.3%)
      • 2015-16: 49 of 82 programs are new (59.8%)
      • 2016-17: 31 of 79 programs are new (39.2%)
      • 2017-18: 30 of 72 programs are new (41.7%)
      • 2018-19: 33 of 82 programs are new (40.2%)
      • 2019-20: at least 30 new programs

 

Year\Coaching Status New Veteran Veteran Coach and School, New Program Grand Total
2013-14 16 22   38
2014-15 38 22 2 62
2015-16 49 28 5 82
2016-17 31 47 1 79
2017-18 30 40 2 72
2018-19 33 49   82
Grand Total 197 208 10 415

2018-19 Robotics Statistics (As of October 2019)


statistics over student at computer

Baltimore City Schools Offers Virtual Advanced Math Course for Dual Enrollment

Need:

Students should have equitable access to advanced math programming.

Goal: 

Increase the number of high school students enrolled in advanced math courses (Pre-Calculus/Calculus/AP Calculus/AP Statistics/dual enrollment) at their schools or at local colleges.

Update:

In Partnership with the University of Baltimore, Baltimore City High School students that meet eligibility criteria can enroll and earn 3 college credits by taking a Virtual Intro to Statistics Dual Enrollment course (MATH 115). This program will be funded by the Office of Early College Initiatives at UB and will be no cost to the students.

See the flyer for more information.


Seeking Student Representatives – Application deadline extended to January 24, 2020

Do you want to represent young people in Baltimore and grow as a leader?
 
Apply to join the BmoreSTEM Student Advisory Council and work with industry professionals to help develop opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.
What is BmoreSTEM?
BmoreSTEM is a network of organizations and individuals committed to brightening Baltimore’s future by developing opportunities to equip students to join the science, technology, engineering, and math workforce and live as technically literate citizens.
 
What is the BmoreSTEM Student Advisory Council (BmoreSTEM SAC)?
The Student Advisory Council will contribute to the efforts of the BmoreSTEM Workgroup initiatives through direct participation and indirectly, by serving as a focus group & sounding board to the Workgroups.  A BmoreSTEM SAC member can expect to attend periodic Council Meetings and some of the Workgroup meetings as needed. The BmoreSTEM SAC will consist of current Baltimore City Public School (City Schools) middle or high School students and City Schools graduates currently enrolled in a local college pursuing a STEM-based degree.   
 
What are the benefits?

 

  • Influence the development of STEM related opportunities for students across Baltimore
  • Leadership experience and skill development
  • Opportunities for internships and mentorships
  • Service learning credits

 

 
What are Member Expectations / Responsibilities?

 

  • Attend periodic Council sessions to set goals aligned with the BmoreSTEM’s overall objectives and share out progress – Once every quarter for 2 hours plus adhoc workgroup sessions that are once every two months at the most
  • Attend workgroup sessions when called upon – act as a focus group
  • Attend BmoreSTEM annual convening
  • Contribute to achieving set goals

 

 
Deadline for applications: January 24, 2020
 
For information and inquiries, please contact Melissa Sandlin.