Greater South Bay STEM Foundation
Help Reduce Elementary Grade Students Math Skills Erosion Due To Covid-19 Closure
Most students showed growth in math achievement since the onset of COVID-19 disruptions, but math growth was lower than in a typical year. A higher percentage of underserved and under-resourced communities need equitable access to high-quality math instructors.Even if returning to school this fall is successful, we are looking at a gap of 2 to 3 years before interrupted education is repaired (GSBSF) will provide enhanced enrichment classes in math this summer and fall for the under-resourced communities throughout the county of Los Angeles.
Describe the mission of your organization.
Greater South Bay STEM Foundation’s Mission is a simple one; to provide hands-on instruction and programs to engage, teach, and inspire the next generation of our future leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).
In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?
- South LA
- South Bay
What is the problem that you are seeking to address?
Most students showed growth in reading and math achievement since the onset of COVID-19 disruptions, but math growth was lower than in a typical year. A higher percentage of underserved and under-resourced communities of African Americans and Latinos need equitable access to high-quality math instructors. Damage cannot be calculated because there are scores of students not attending online classes for various reasons. There is an urgent call for intervention in these communities because of the severity of the problem. Disillusionment with education will lead to low academic performance in high school will stem from the covid-19 school Closer and Interrupted learning. Even if returning to school this fall is successful, we are looking at a gap of 2 to 3 years before interrupted education is repaired.
Describe the project, program, or initiative that this grant will support to address the problem identified.
Computer science makes math interactive. Math on some levels can be boring. Our program effectively introduces CS to students, inspiring and engaging them to partake in math. Computer Science and Mathematics are intertwined.We do this by incorporating coding and robotics. Coding helps students visualize abstract concepts in math and builds critical-thinking skills.This leads to a deeper understanding of concepts. Robotics facilitates math through modelling, planning, and execution. Each student is mailed a robotics kit (STEM in a box) and lessons are conducted by a live instructor once a week for 1 hour.We also have a Virtual Academy where students can learn self paced courses on the same platform as LinkedIn learning and Skill share. With our ability to deliver the content electronically through streaming services amazon fire and roku Video on demand. We can deliver to any student, at any place and time. This is a more comprehensive result than a zoom call. Students are encouraged to participate, ask questions, troubleshoot and work together as a team.
In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?Expand existing project, program, or initiative (expanding and continuing ongoing, successful work)
Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?
- Direct impact
- Indirect impact
Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.
If our work is successful we are going to see a marked increase in students’ comprehensive understanding of math and the erosions of lost math skills due to the covid 19 school closures. An increase in common core math standards in undeserved and under-resourced communities. More inclusion of children wanting to have careers in STEM. With success we can expand this initiative throughout Los Angeles County school districts Within five to seven years Los Angeles County could have home grown STEM professionals from the inner cities of Los Angeles county. We already have had success with our first high school interns. One was accepted into Caltech Majoring in computer science,the other intern was accepted to Cal Berkeley. This will lead to a more sustainable future for Los Angeles with high-tech professional jobs.It will also lead to more inclusion in under-resourced and underserved communities. That will reverberate throughout the county of Los Angeles.
What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?
All parents and children are entered into our database and contacted at least once a year. We track students progress with exam scores from the challenges that are fed into an algorithm which determines the students’ weaknesses. This AI (Artificial intelligence) engine will generate a particular course of action to help the student in math. We tracked the children from elementary school through Middle School all the way to high school to keep tabs on their progress. We employ a quality-improvement process that is continuously upgraded and reformed by the board of directors and the engineering community. Our board of directors are composed of credential teachers in the area of STEM and special needs.
Which of the learn metrics will you impact?
- Enrollment in afterschool programs
- Proficiency in STEM
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