According to the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), between 2010 and 2020, the overall employment in STEM occupations will increase by 17 percent, yet not enough students are pursuing degrees and careers in the STEM fields in order to satisfy the increasing demand. The lack of STEM representation is even more prevalent among Hispanics, who, although accounted for 16% of the U.S. population in 2010, only earned 8 percent of all certificates and degrees awarded in the STEM fields between 2009 and 2010.
To counter this trend, the Mission is endeavoring to expose its students to STEM opportunities. Using our Mobile Computer Classroom (a cart with 25 MacBook Air Computers), we bring technology to the students. Many of our students do not have computers at home, so this exposure is essential to their development.
In conjunction with our annual summer camp, the Mission offers 30 students in 5th & 6th grades the opportunity to learn coding. Coding skills are necessary and essential now more than ever in order to compete in a global economy.
Every Saturday at Lake Forest Elementary School, the Mission provides our student’s family members an opportunity to learn basic computer skills – such as internet essentials & safety, being a good online citizen, keeping our children safe online, finding educational resources, setting up and using Google, among others.
Provided in partnership with Comcast, our goal is to provide parents with the tools necessary to better assist their children in using technology while better communicating with teachers.