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Using Dance to Prepare Minority Girls for STEM Using Dance to Prepare Minority Girls for STEM

Using Dance to Prepare Minority Girls for STEM

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It would seem to make sense that anyone needing extra help in the areas of science, technology, and mathematics (STEM) would naturally want to do all they could to bone up in those areas. Extra classes, tutoring, seeking out a mentor would all prove sound strategies.

So why are some minority women looking to the world of dance to help themselves better compete in STEM fields?

A statement on the web site of Stem From Dance provides the beginnings of an answer: "Most minority girls from low-income areas don’t dream of being scientists or engineers. It isn’t because they’re unable, but because of a lack of confidence, preparation, and awareness of STEM careers."

The site message goes on to explain that the organization uses dance as a way to build up the number of minority girls who are capable of pursuing STEM studies at the college level. That's accomplished by blending dance and STEM studies in ways that reveal the wonders of STEM -- all in an effort to "change the face of the next generation of scientists, engineers, and techies."

But why STEM and dance? For one thing, dance is culturally relevant way of making STEM approachable and accessible. Also, dance can help people build up confidence, community, and capacity for growth -- qualities that would serve someone well in any field of study, but particularly so in one where female minorities are already under-represented. Finally, dance nurtures basic STEM skills such as spatial awareness, creativity, and collaboration.

Currently, Stem From Dance will bring its programs to New York City-area community centers and schools -- either during or after the school day. Interested parties can fill out this form.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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