Last year’s unrest inspired Baltimore’s advocates of science, technology, engineering, and math education to go into high gear.People like Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels are hoping that a coordinated STEM initiative can not only revive the city’s economy but also close employment and opportunity gaps across race.
“If you look at where the future innovation is, it comes from STEM-related activities and universities are they key laboratories for that,” Daniels said at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference, held last week in Baltimore. “What we’re worried about is, are we seeing students from across a number of different strata of society at places like Hopkins.”
JHU has been attempting “bend the trajectory” of Baltimore’s public school students toward college preparedness by hiring better science teachers and partnering with Barclay Elementary/Middle School to build a STEM-centric curriculum.
Daniels explained that in addition to preparing more of Baltimore’s students of color for Johns Hopkins or a comparable university, but also for STEM-related paths at community colleges. (To that end, Gov. Larry Hogan announced in November a plan to open two hybrid high school-early college vocational programs in the city.)
Then it’s just about keeping Baltimore’s STEM-educated workforce in town after graduation. A need that has prompted Hopkins to fund incubators and call on other educational institutions to work together to create sustainable system.
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