MIT, Now Academic Diversity-Centered: $1 Million STEM Education Program Support Fund Suffices? [VIDEO]By Michael Lagura, UniversityHerald Reporter
Massachusetts Institute of Technology is now expanding horizons for women students on all backgrounds through the recent $1 Million STEM Education support fund. For the first time in many years, MIT opens its technological education to international counterparts as it envisions a diversity-centered platform in the future.
From the very generous pockets of the Hopper-Dean Foundation, the $1 Million support fund targets to expand specific MIT three STEM Education programs- Women's Technology Program (WTP), Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy and the CodeIt. Part of the expansion process of the donation is the delivered accessibility to low-income high school to middle-school female students, EdSurge reported.
Nevertheless, since STEM education has already its eyes focused on reaching out to the undeserved, materializing Hopper Dean Foundation's plans would then be just another step taken. As of the moment, the STEM program's finance committees are chewing figures over allocating transportation and miscellaneous funds to more than 100 enrollees coming in this season.
MIT's three STEM Education programs are usually technically-oriented vocational supports for high school to middle school students.
The CodeIt program supports and encourages girls to explore on the creative aspects of computer science. The said program does not require experience among students as its interactive workshops and computer class methods are more than enough to embellish students with IT knowledge.
The WTP program is a four week academic and residential summer program intended for girls who have excelled in the arithmetic but are having difficulty in pursuing expensive engineering and computer science courses.
The SEED Academy is a 9-semester program intended for high and middle schools students residing in the close areas in MIT. The SEED Academy is uniquely noted for its pedagogies on mechanical engineering, robotics and synthetic biology.
Thereunto, MIT academics believe that the $1 Million STEM support fund for helping the unrepresented, undeserved and usually underprivileged women students on all backgrounds, ethnicity and races is more than sufficient. Respectively, the diverse backgrounds of the students coming in this season include the Hispanic/Latinos, Black/African Americans, Pacific Islander/Native Americans, Asians and other underprivileged Americans, Campus Technology reported.
The Hopper-Dean Foundation is a noted and multi-awarded charity foundation that regularly strategizes and develops High School initiatives, addressing the diverse of needs of students on all backgrounds, Berkeley EECS reported.
Meanwhile, MIT is hoping that with this current expansion, it will now have taken a step into becoming one of the diversity-centered academic platforms in the world, Campus Technology again reported.