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Columbia Urban League 2012 Youth STEM Expo
Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
The Columbia Urban League in conjunction with Time Warner Cable will host its 2nd Annual Youth STEM Expo for middle school students on Thursday, March 29, 2012, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 2:00 p.m. It will be held at Saluda Shoals Park, located at 5505 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC. The purpose of the STEM Expo is to increase the awareness of underserved middle school students about the necessity of taking STEM classes, expose students to STEM careers that will provide economic empowerment and stability, and introduce students to STEM professionals who can serve as mentors.
We are extending the invitation to pre-selected districts and schools. The STEM Expo includes a plenary session highlighting STEM careers, interactive science exhibitions and displays, lunch for all participants, and interaction with STEM professionals – all of which is provided at no cost to your students.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are the currency of the 21st century. The research is clear. Students who take high-level math and science courses are more likely to graduate from college. Students who take high-level math and science courses have many more options for college majors and for lucrative careers. Students who stay in the STEM track earn nearly twice as much as the rest of the American workforce. Knowledge and skills from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – the STEM fields – are crucial to virtually every endeavor of individual and community life. All young Americans should be educated to be “STEM capable,” no matter where they live, what educational path they pursue, or in which field they choose to work. STEM jobs are the jobs of the future, being essential for developing our technological innovation and global competitiveness.
We look forward to your school district’s participation and collaboration to ensure that as many underserved students in our state are provided exposure that leads to better career pathways.
James T. McLawhorn, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer