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This Founder is Changing How NYC Students See STEM

Coding boot camps and various science programs aimed at serving underrepresented communities are becoming increasingly popular around the United States, especially in cities that have a large tech presence. With the success of Black Girls Code and other organizations targeting minorities, researchers and program founders are forced to find ways to keep youth intrigued by STEM. Getting children from various ages excited about STEM is a large enough hurdle, but exposing underserved communities to the content presents a unique set of hurdles. Justin Shaifer, the founder and executive director of Fascinate, Inc., is dedicated to educating New York City youth about all aspects of STEM. Fascinate, Inc. builds educational STEM programs for companies and organizations that serve minority communities. “We want to be for STEM what ESPN is for sports,” Shaifer said. “We’re trying to show kids how dope this stuff really is.” Shaifer wants to find innovative ways to keep kids’ attention on STEM...

Nov 4, 2019