February is Black History Month and at 2:00 pm tomorrow the White House will help spread the word with another episode of “We The Geeks,” which tells the untold stories of African Americans in STEM.
According to the White House’s website, “Today, minorities remain considerably underrepresented in many areas of the Nation’s STEM student-pool and workforce. This is a squandered opportunity for our country and for those bright, creative individuals who might otherwise help solve the problems we face as a country and enjoy STEM careers— the kind of careers that can not only make a positive difference in the world, but also pay more than non-STEM jobs.”
This event is one of several Black History Month events at the White House. Earlier today, an “Edit-a-Thon” took place wherein students and researchers met at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for a two-hour editing sprint “to research and crowd-source the stories of African American STEM all-stars – past and present – and share those stories online through social media.”
Interested parties can tune in to Google+ Hangout to hear from a talented pool of scientists, inventors and engineers and find out how they developed an interested in STEM. Expected to participate are Marvin Carr, Student Volunteer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Spelbots Robotics Team, Spelman College; Matthew Burnett, CEO and co-founder, Maker’s Row; Nicolas Badilla, winner, National STEM Video Game Challenge; and Amrita Balachandran, The History Makers.
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