Black Family conference explores STEM resources
Aim is to link families to STEM resources and to improve academic and social outcomes for local students COMPTON (MNS) — The Awaken the Greatness Foundation is hosting its 4th Annual Black Family Conference on Saturday,
Aim is to link families to STEM resources and to improve academic and social outcomes for local students
COMPTON (MNS) — The Awaken the Greatness Foundation is hosting its 4th Annual Black Family Conference on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum located at Woodley Lewis Airport, 901 W. Alondra Blvd., Compton. The focus this year is the expanding field of STEM research.
According to organizers, the conference purpose is to connect local families with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) resources in Los Angeles County, to close the achievement gap and increase diversity in STEM education.
This year’s theme is “STEMing From Greatness.” The conference will feature interactive workshop sessions for both parents and youth.
With the underrepresentation of African-Americans in the science and technological fields, ATG organizers felt a need to change that by bringing the tools and resources to African-American families.
“We wanted to bring our conference to TAM this year because not enough families are aware of this gem in the Compton community,” said Mary Fletcher, president of ATG. “The purpose of our conferences is to link families to resources and to improve academic and social outcomes for their children.”
“We are so fortunate to have the conference held here this year,” said Robin Petgrave, TAM’s founder. Compton is a hub city centrally located and the people that need to be exposed to STEM the most will have the best access.”
West Basin Municipal Water District, has signed on as a gold sponsor for the second year in a row to enable families the opportunity to attend the conference free of charge.
“We’re especially honored to help advance the mission of the STEM program and help educate students in critical learning areas such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Harold C. Williams, West Basin Board president. “As a civil engineer who happens to be Black, I believe it’s important to teach our youth the importance of a strong education, particularly in these technical fields of study. Our youth truly are our future and we want to provide them with the right resources to guide them on the path to success.”
ATG encourages all STEM programs in the county to have a resource table at the conference.