College Tribe STEM education classes address the need for young people to think logically and critically and specifically for African American young people to be exposed to a growth section in our economy. According to Lind Eler and the Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking for Children: “ Intellectual work is based on several factors including 5 concepts. To learn intellectual work we must: Read It, Write It, Hear It, Say It, and Apply It. These five concepts allow students to internalize material, and therefore LEARN.” Without logical and critical thinking learning is impeded.
African Americans are underrepresented in one of the growth areas in the economy. STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17.0 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. According to 2010 data from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Census Bureau, underrepresented minorities earned only 16.4 percent of the degrees in science fields and less than 13 percent of degrees in physical sciences and engineering. There is a need to push back against this trend, African American youth are disconnected from this major sector in the economy.