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STEM AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Projects in Action Across South
This summer, STEM AmeriCorps is taking on a new challenge as 256 AmeriCorps VISTAs fan out across six Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia) to connect 18,000 students in low-performing schools with learning opportunities. As expected, reports from the field about the program are filling our inboxes.
Students are being encouraged to learn through a variety of hands-on techniques led by our VISTA Summer Associates and community participants who are sharing their enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math topics. Some are building robots, some are exploring career opportunities by becoming a “Scientist for a day,” and others are learning about food production or trying their hand at computer programming.
The photos above were provided by the Heart of Florida United Way Together For Tomorrow VISTA Project where Dr. Lester Morales from the Kennedy Space Center led a training session with VISTA Summer Associates on curriculum for summer learning as well as during the school session.  VISTA hopes to build connections with NASA specialists around the country to provide similar educational opportunities at other projects.
STEM education is drawing a lot of interest lately, energized by the recent White House Science Fair and Maker Faire. The STEM AmeriCorps summer program is an expansion of current CNCS initiatives and partnerships, such as the Maker Education Initiative, that will engage tens of thousands in STEM learning and encourage students in underserved urban and rural areas to explore careers in these disciplines.

STEM AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Projects in Action Across South

This summer, STEM AmeriCorps is taking on a new challenge as 256 AmeriCorps VISTAs fan out across six Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia) to connect 18,000 students in low-performing schools with learning opportunities. As expected, reports from the field about the program are filling our inboxes.

Students are being encouraged to learn through a variety of hands-on techniques led by our VISTA Summer Associates and community participants who are sharing their enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math topics. Some are building robots, some are exploring career opportunities by becoming a “Scientist for a day,” and others are learning about food production or trying their hand at computer programming.

The photos above were provided by the Heart of Florida United Way Together For Tomorrow VISTA Project where Dr. Lester Morales from the Kennedy Space Center led a training session with VISTA Summer Associates on curriculum for summer learning as well as during the school session.  VISTA hopes to build connections with NASA specialists around the country to provide similar educational opportunities at other projects.

STEM education is drawing a lot of interest lately, energized by the recent White House Science Fair and Maker Faire. The STEM AmeriCorps summer program is an expansion of current CNCS initiatives and partnerships, such as the Maker Education Initiative, that will engage tens of thousands in STEM learning and encourage students in underserved urban and rural areas to explore careers in these disciplines.

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Robots, the President, and AmeriCorps
As part of today’s White House Science Fair, we are announcing a major expansion of STEM AmeriCorps to spur student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math education. A new summer program will place 256 AmeriCorps VISTA members in six Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia) to connect 18,000 at-risk students in low-performing schools to STEM opportunities. We are also joining with US2020 and Citizen Schools to support 25 AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in seven cities to increase STEM opportunities for girls, underrepresented minorities, and children from low-income families. This expansion builds on existing STEM AmeriCorps partnerships with FIRST, Maker Education Initiative, Citizen Schools, Teach for America, and other organizations. Altogether, these efforts engage tens of thousands of students in STEM learning - building ladders of opportunity and helping our nation compete for the jobs and industries of the future.
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Robots, the President, and AmeriCorps

As part of today’s White House Science Fair, we are announcing a major expansion of STEM AmeriCorps to spur student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math education. A new summer program will place 256 AmeriCorps VISTA members in six Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia) to connect 18,000 at-risk students in low-performing schools to STEM opportunities. We are also joining with US2020 and Citizen Schools to support 25 AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in seven cities to increase STEM opportunities for girls, underrepresented minorities, and children from low-income families. This expansion builds on existing STEM AmeriCorps partnerships with FIRST, Maker Education Initiative, Citizen Schools, Teach for America, and other organizations. Altogether, these efforts engage tens of thousands of students in STEM learning - building ladders of opportunity and helping our nation compete for the jobs and industries of the future.

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Maker Ed Expands Reach of AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership

By Rachel Goldman Alper, Maker Education Initiative

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The Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed) will expand its AmeriCorps VISTA project from its California focus to include five underserved communities throughout the United States. Ten new VISTA members and a VISTA leader will begin their work in July 2014. The Maker VISTA members will work year round to reduce poverty by inspiring low-income students through maker programs that engage them in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as, the arts and learning as a whole.

Read more on the Maker Education Initiative Blog