“As a society, we get what we celebrate. We celebrate athletes, pop stars, Hollywood movie actors and actresses, but we don’t celebrate science and engineering.”
Larry Bock, Founder of the USA Science & Engineering Festival
The virtual platform extends the reach of our X-STEM program globally, impacting students and educators around the world.
People connect with people. By connecting a career to a role-model and their STEM story students are more able to relate and envision themselves in that field of STEM.
X-STEM normalizes diversity in STEM and society as a whole. To effectively change a cultural narrative it is vital to not only encourage under-represented participation, but also to role-model diversity.
Role-models encourage ongoing curiosity and discussion around STEM topics. They are sharing not only about their career but their STEM journey, overcoming obstacles, persevering through disappointments, and the joy of accomplishment. This opens the door to more varied discussion with STEM at the center. Most X-STEM All Access role-model speakers are active on social media providing a platform that continues to stimulate the STEM journey for students.
X-STEM role-models are not just speakers. They are part of a carefully curated group of STEM role-models that students can follow and continue to learn from.
Learning about careers through storytelling offers students a real-world context of STEM topics and connects exciting career opportunities to world issues students are passionate about.
Educators can easily integrate episodes into their classroom with NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) aligned lesson plans to accompany every featured speaker.