…experiential

STEM mentors can provide the engaging, hands-on learning opportunities, such as building robots or programming mobile apps, which provide the moments of inspiration that lead students into STEM careers.

  • Research has shown that one of the strongest attractions of STEM subjects to students is the ability to engage in hands-on activities.
  • Students that participate in hands-on STEM activities are more likely than their peers to be interested in STEM subjects.

 

…sustained.

STEM mentors are STEM career professionals who commit to giving at least 10 hours per year, to grow relationships and serve as role models for students, sparking interest in future STEM careers.

  • The positive benefits of a mentoring relationship grow the longer that the relationship is sustained.

 

…focused on underrepresented students.

Mentoring focused on students underrepresented in STEM professions.

  • Black and Hispanic students are much less likely to know someone in a STEM career, to have engaged in hands-on STEM activities, or to have visited a science museum, all of which are key to sparking interest in STEM subjects.
  • Women account for a majority of new bachelor’s and master’s degrees, yet they account for only 20% of new STEM degrees and only hold about 25% of STEM jobs.

 

…measurable.

Evaluation that includes measurements of student interest in STEMcareersand mentor and student satisfaction with the mentoring engagement

  • Over 75% of students who participate in a mentor-led STEM apprenticeship at the organization
  • Citizen Schools reported an interest in STEM subjects, significantly higher than the national average of 33%.