The National Society of Black Engineers Charleston Professionals and Charleston Women in Tech will hold the inaugural STEMapalooza next month, an event meant to increase students’ awareness of opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.
The event will include kid-friendly STEM activities led by tech companies and STEM organizations in the tri-county region. Companies expected to attend are Blackbaud, Boeing, BoomTown, Booz Allen Hamilton, Google, Mercedes-Benz Vans and the Medical University of South Carolina, among others.
The National Society of Black Engineers has a goal of increasing the annual number of black students who receive bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields by 10,000 by 2025. In the 2016-2017 school year, 24,428 black students received STEM degrees, according to the U.S. Department of Education, which was 7% of all STEM degrees conferred.