The purpose of this event series is to spark a conversation between thought leaders and the greater community.

From February through May 2021, we’ll be hosting four different webinars. At each event we’ll be talking with a special panel of experts, highlighting the important issues we face in the STEM industry.

A CLOSER LOOK

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Webinar 1: Building a Pathway for Diversity, Equity and Belonging in STEAM

February 15, 2021
Noon-1:30pm EST / 11am-12:30pm CST / 9am-10:30am PST

People of color, especially women, are heavily underrepresented in STEM fields. Yet, through afterschool programming, Kids in Tech has been able to help create a pipeline of diverse students to engage in STEM , gaining skills and practical knowledge to become future leaders in tech and science. For this kick-off event, you will hear impactful stories and insight from Kids in Tech Board members, partners and participants to learn about our innovative approach Kids in Tech is taking to bridge the digital divide.

Webinar 2: Importance of Art in STEM

March 24, 2021
Noon-1:30pm EST / 11am-12:30pm CST / 9am-10:30am PST

Scientist who have won the Nobel Prize are 17 times more like to be painter, 12 times more likely to have been a poet and 4 times as likely to also be a musician. There is something to be said about success in STEM and a connection to the arts. In this conversation we will explore how we should use art to motivate STEM education learning in schools, workplaces and other afterschool settings.

Webinar 3: The State of STEAM Education

April 28, 2021
Noon-1:30pm EST / 11am-12:30pm CST / 9am-10:30am PST

Legislators and advocates alike are fighting to ensure STEM is an integral part of education in  Massachusetts, across our nation, and the world. During this conversation, panelists will investigate  these STEM education and workforce development policy priorities: (1). STEM skills for all through applied  learning; (2). Guided pathways to college, careers, and lifelong learning; (3). Alignment to economic  and workforce development through employer partnerships; and (4). early childhood STEM education  initiatives. How can policy be used to drive to change for our nation’s children?

Webinar 4: The Future of Work

May 26, 2021
Noon-1:30pm EST / 11am-12:30pm CST / 9am-10:30am PST

The nature of work is constantly evolving. The pace of change will only accelerate in the years ahead, presenting new opportunities and challenges for the workforce as a whole, but especially for underrepresented groups and women. These transformations will continue to displace many workers, eliminating their jobs and requiring them to learn new skills. These transformations will also create other jobs and entire new  industries we have yet to imagine; they will liberate us from rote tasks, increasing our productivity and  leaving us time to explore our creativity and full potential. Through this session, we explore how advancements in technology are shaping this future, and how STEM education can equip us to exist and advance in this new environment.

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#GoBeyondTheMicroscope

to learn more about this virtual series.

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