Launched at the 2013 White House Science Fair, US2020 is a national initiative that aims to change the course of STEM education in America by dramatically increasing the number of STEM professionals engaged in high-impact STEM mentoring with youth that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. High-impact STEM mentoring is defined as being led by STEM professionals, sustained for at least ten hours, experiential, and measurable and data driven. The City of Philadelphia joined US2020’s national STEM mentoring movement in 2014 after being selected as one of seven winning cities (out of a field of 52) in the US2020 City Competition. US2020 is the mentoring arm of STEMcityPHL, where we have developed the following high-impact STEM mentoring programs:
Game Camp is an after school program in partnership with Skyless Games that matches high school students with STEM professionals. Mentors will assist students with creating their own video game while working with the video gaming software Stencyl. The program will culminate in an opportunity for students to showcase their projects and network with local gaming professionals and other STEM professionals.
The Urban Farming Project is an after school mentoring program for kindergarten through fifth grade students attending Dr. Ethel Allen Promise Academy, a district school in North Philadelphia. Students will come together to plant fruits and vegetables, learn the factors that promote growth, types of equipment to use, and how to process and store their produce through mentorships with STEM professionals.
STEAM Scholars is a series of workshops in partnership with District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund and Roxborough High School. This program pairs STEM professionals with high school students to support in specialized career paths.
Greater Philadelphia Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is designed to challenge, engage, and publicly recognize students (Grades 9-12) conducting research in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers at the Regional JSHS in early March.
We are actively recruiting mentors for all four of the above programs. To signup to be a mentor, click here.