High-Energy STEM ‘Edu-tainment’
Over the years, STEM advocate and educator Darryl Lee Baynes has created a formula for successfully communicating to students the relevance and importance of pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The formula? “It’s based on educating students through entertainment, which we call ‘edu-tainment,’ says Darryl, an approach using exciting, dynamic, educational, hands-on science demonstrations, and experiments to capture the attention of students.
That formula has proven highly successful in his role as Founder and President of Interactive Science Programs (ISP), the largest science and math outreach company in the nation owned and operated by African Americans, and has garnered not only notable achievements in STEM among ISP student, but also high profile news coverage by such outlets as CNN Headline News, BET News, Tech Talk TV, and Black Enterprise Magazine. Under Darryl’s leadership, ISP is also building the first completely owned African American science center in the nation. In addition, he is co-founder of the Minority Aviation Education Association (MAEA) as a vehicle to encourage minority youth to pursue careers in the field of aviation.
His ISP outreach endeavors center on going to schools to provide hands-on science enrichment, summer science camps, and science and curriculum consulting. “Our programs also provide outstanding professional development sessions for teachers interested in enhancing their ability to conduct meaningful, hands-on science demonstrations in the classroom,” says Darryl on his website. “All programming is designed to meet 2061 Benchmarks and National Science Standards for science education.”
Darryl earned his Ph.D. from Curtain University (based in Bentley and Perth, Australia), his Masters degree in chemistry and math from Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, and his B.S. in the same disciplines from the University of Pittsburgh. For more information, please visit http://www.interactivescienceprograms.org/news.html