The Innovative Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Workforce Development Project (iSTEM-WORK) is designed to provide Black male students with STEM learning experiences that will increase the students’ exposure to innovation and creativity in the STEM disciplines. ISTEM-WORK will explore the influence of these opportunities on students’ interest by 1) increasing student engagement in technology rich STEM educational opportunities, 2) increasing student awareness and knowledge of educational opportunities and careers in STEM disciplines; 3) increasing student knowledge, skills and practices in STEM applications; and 4) increasing participation of underrepresented populations in STEM careers.

iSTEM-WORK engages Black male students in grades 6th - 10th in a three-year STEM technology program that includes a four-week summer program, hands-on field experience, and Saturday Academy during the academic year. The program began in summer 2021 and concludes following the fall 2023 session.

Check-out our 2021 Summer Recap as the students explored the Community's Dependency on Single-Use Plastic.