Need for STEM opportunities for K-12 in Merced
Research has shown that exposure to engaging long-term STEM opportunities for underrepresented students is a key component to building occupational identity and a diverse STEM pipeline from K-12 to college to industry. With 4-year college attainment levels of Latino (7.7%) and African American (17.3%) students in the Merced region, well below the state average of 33%, it is critical for the future of the region, that institutions and industry invest in the development of rigorous and inclusive STEM pipelines that foster curiosity and enthusiasm for careers in STEM.
Why choose UC Merced CalTeach program's Learning Lab for outreach?
The University of California, Merced, (UC Merced) is well suited to address the STEM pipeline crisis in the Central Valley and is designated a Hispanic Serving Institution. UC Merced through its CalTeach program has had success in working with K-12 teachers in the Merced community to bring both formal and informal STEM education resources and opportunities to the diverse and economically disadvantaged areas. The Learning Lab at UC Merced is an avenue to drive K-12 outreach projects for the university.
Want to get involved?
External Partners who are interested in funding the STEAM K-12 outreach intiatives at the Learning Lab at UC Merced can contact the CalTeach program to get started!