10 of the Most Incredible STEM Programs for Black Youths

SEEK

National Society of Black Engineers’ Summer Engineering Experience for Kids

Every summer, this program gives 300 students between the third and eighth grades the chance to participate in the National Society of Black Engineers’ camp, known as SEEK. The program takes place in different cities across America and provides a free resource for students interested in STEM careers. Students are given the opportunity to work with Black college students who are on the path to obtaining their own degrees in STEM-related subjects. It’s a particularly stellar program considering the economic disadvantages that leave many Black parents unable to afford to send their child to science camps over the summer.

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Summer Math and Science Honors Academy

The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy, known as SMASH, gives students of color guidance and exposure to STEM subjects. Many students of color don’t have such classes available in their schools, but academies like SMASH help give them the foundation they need to excel in STEM careers even if such programs are missing from their daily curriculum. The program takes places every summer for three years for each student but also offers benefits throughout the school year. SMASH students have access to special college counselors and receive tailored SAT prep classes.

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