February is Black History Month – and there’s no better time to celebrate and share the stories of all-star African Americans in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Today, minorities remain considerably underrepresented in many areas of the Nation’s STEM student-pool and workforce. This is a squandered opportunity for our country and for those bright, creative individuals who might otherwise help solve the problems we face as a country and enjoy STEM careers— the kind of careers that can not only make a positive difference in the world, but also pay more than non-STEM jobs.
This Wednesday at 2:00pm ET, the White House is bringing back “We the Geeks” with a new episode on the Stories of African Americans in STEM. Tune in to this Google+ Hangout to hear from extraordinary (and extraordinarily geeky) students, scientists, engineers, and inventors, about how they got inspired to pursue STEM and how they are paying it forward to help engage America’s full and diverse STEM talent pool.
This Hangout is part of an exciting set of Black History Month events that will also include an “Edit-a-Thon” at the White House on February 24th. Researchers, students, and expert Wikipedia -editors will convene in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for a two-hour editing sprint to research and crowd-source the stories of African American STEM all-stars – past and present – and share those stories online through social media.
YOU can participate in both of these exciting events:
Meredith Drosback is an Assistant Director for Education and Physical Sciences in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.