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Anaheim Youth Rocket to Their Future with STEM Education

Posted by: Connect OC on 3/9/2016
Less than half of elementary school principals believe students will receive high-quality science instruction at their schools, and only 14 percent of middle school teachers provide a pattern of classroom practices that support the regular engagement of students in science. That’s the dismal assessment of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in California, according to The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd.

The situation isn’t much brighter in Orange County. Only 20 percent of high school students enroll in upper-level math courses, and ethnic disparity exists in enrollment and performance, the Children and Families Commission of Orange County reports.

ACT Anaheim considers this trend an urgent wake-up call. Without STEM-related skills, Anaheim youth can’t join California’s growing knowledge-based economy or pull themselves out of poverty through higher-wage employment. That’s why ACT Anaheim is advancing the work of the Tiger Woods Learning Center (TWLC) and other programming to excite kids about science and related careers.

The flagship 35,000 square foot TWLC, which opened February 2006 in Anaheim, offers STEM classes to low-income middle and high school students. An estimated 150,000 young minds have coded more than 8,000 apps and games and built more than 5,000 robots at the TWLC.

As Katherine Bihr, Ed.D., vice president of programs and education at the center, explained, ““What distinguishes us is that we’re helping young people take what they’re learning about math and science in school and apply it to real-life, project-based activities. We spoke with kids when designing our programs; who said they didn’t feel like they got enough time to spend on science experiments during the school day. Here, they can be creative, take the time to go in-depth and find out what interests them.”

ACT Anaheim considers this model to be essential in building STEM career exploration and college access opportunities, and has awarded the Tiger Woods Foundation $225,000 in grants to expand its programs to more Anaheim youth over the past two years. Last year, ACT Anaheim also boosted Muckenthaler Cultural Center Foundation’s efforts to engage Anaheim youth in visual and digital art classes with a $50,000 grant that included funding for field trips so Anaheim students can study college design programs and careers in digital design.

Programs at TWLC and the Muckenthaler Cultural Center do more than simply build critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration skills. As Bihr describes it, Anaheim youth ages 13-18 – considered to be among the highest risk – gain “a frame of reference of who they are and what they can be.”

TWLC is part of a movement to inspire kids to become independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. They’re encouraged to recreate and improve everything around them continuously. Students are free to be creative and wake up to the life and career possibilities around them.

“Kids need both windows and mirrors. They need to be able to look out the window and see their future, and look in the mirror and see themselves,” Bihr said. “Our programming helps young people believe in themselves and identify their interests. Once students understand they can achieve anything – and see that the adults around them believe in them – a future of unlimited possibilities opens for them.”


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