KIDS IN TECH PRESENTS ‘BEYOND THE MICROSCOPE: BUILDING A PATHWAY FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND BELONGING IN STEAM’

Beyond the Microscope Press Release | January 27, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOWELL, MASS. – Kids in Tech, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children gain critical skills and confidence in STEM fields, will present the first webinar in its “Beyond The Microscope” webinar series on Monday, Feb. 15.

Kids in Tech is proud to present “Beyond the Microscope: Building a Pathway for Diversity, Equity and Belonging in STEAM,” which will be held on Zoom at 12 p.m. EST. This free, virtual and kid-friendly event will feature renowned friends of Kids in Tech, who will discuss ways the organization is leading the charge in helping children from all backgrounds gain more education and experience in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – or STEAM – fields.

“It’s no surprise that technology skills will dominate the job market in the future, but there is a growing dearth of Americans to fill STEAM jobs,” said Board Chair Gregory Franks. “There is an untapped well of tech talent in our cities, and we owe it to ourselves and the children to expose them to all the possibilities in STEAM.”

Based in Lowell, Mass., Kids In Tech is in the center of a diverse city, and around 92% of the actual kids of Kids in Tech are people of color. As Boston and Lowell increasingly transform into hubs of the tech industry, kids developing technological skills now will be better off getting jobs in science or technology fields in the future. This not only sets the kids of Kids in Tech on a path to success, but sets the technology industry on a path to become more diverse and inclusive.

“People of color, especially women, are heavily underrepresented in STEAM fields,” said Olu Ibrahim, founder and CEO of Kids in Tech. “Yet, through afterschool programming, Kids in Tech has helped create a pipeline of diverse students to engage in STEAM, gaining skills and practical knowledge to become future leaders in tech and science.”

“Beyond the Microscope: Building a Pathway for Diversity, Equity and Belonging in STEAM” is the first in a four-part webinar series Kids in Tech will host through Spring 2021 and is dedicated to various STEAM causes in which the organization believes.

To sign up for this event on Feb. 15 at 12 p.m. EST, please head to the Zoom webinar registration.

Kids in Tech is a nonprofit organization creating the next generation of tech-savvy leaders through free, interactive and after-school computer science and literacy programs.