Over 400 middle and high school students embarked on the campus of the New Psalmist Baptist church in anticipation of discovery and adventure in the world of STEM. The Sankofa Community Development Corporation in partnership with the STEMcx planning committee, area businesses, and New Psalmist Baptist church hosted the 2nd annual STEMcx conference on March 3.

Former astronaut Robert Curbeam held the young audience and parents captivated with his unique knowledge and insight in the role of the keynote speaker. He is currently vice president of Mission Assurance for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems. U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings attended the conference and acknowledged the importance of exposing our youth to career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Historically, many African-American students do not pursue higher education in STEM fields nor find encouragement or motivation from parents who do not necessarily recognize the hidden talent of their children. STEMcx conference is held to expose youth in middle and high school to careers as scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, as well as, presenting the careers in creative fun workshops. Rocket Science and Flight, The Science of Super Heroes, and Slam Dunk-The Physics of Basketball were popular middle school workshops. Kinect with Microsoft-Xbox 360 Exposed, The Chemistry of Cover Girl, and Trauma 101 were popular high school workshops.

A special seminar gave parents insight on the importance of encouraging and challenging their children to raise their academic standards and to seriously consider careers in STEM fields.

TRowe Price, Northrop Grumman, Baltimore Gas and Electric, The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Anysolv Technologies, Inc., National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc. of Metropolitan Baltimore and Vaughn Greene Funeral Services are proud community sponsors.

Visit www.stemcx.weebly.com and www.americaspace.org for additional information about STEMcx and event highlights.


Belinda Merritt

Special to the AFRO