In an effort to help improve the city’s student literacy rate and expose inner city children to formalized education enhancement, Chi-Stem has welcomed students to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math, free of charge.
“I understood the importance of STEM in black and brown communities, and I also understand that most families in the communities that we would serve are living below the poverty line,” said Chi-Stem Founder, Darius Nix.
Friends in the City Foundation, a non-profit organization in pursuit of education excellence, organized the 1st Chi-Stem Academy on March 31st and will continue doing so once a month thereafter. The first themed STEM activity brought out over 100 students who learned about the variations and development of earthquakes.
“It’s important for students to be exposed to this method of formalized education enhancement, because as a teacher, I understand that we may not have enough time to provide the type of educational experience that supports investigation, project based learning, and independent thinking on the level that STEM provides.”
Nix who has been teaching for more than 15 years, hopes that students will have fun at Chi-Stem academy, while gaining knowledge that can help them with future endeavors.
“I’d also like them to independently think and be able to solve problems through investigation and gathering data,” said Nix. “Thus, allowing them to make informed decisions during real world problems they may have to navigate through.”