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Tech professionals to host STEM event

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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.

STEMapalooza will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at BoomTown’s headquarters, located at 1505 King St., Suite 101 in Charleston.

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 Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, the Charleston County Public Library, the Charleston County School District and several colleges in the area have also agreed to take part in the event.

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.

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