$25Ok grant aims to help program get more Detroit girls involved in engineering, STEM programs

(WXYZ) – The Engineering Society of Detroit has received a $ 25,000 grant from Urban Science to help bring more Detroit girls into engineering and STEM careers.

The scholarship announced on Monday goes to the Society’s Girls in Engineering Academy and comes on National Stem Day.

In addition to the scholarship, Urban Science said they will make members of their Detroit team available for mentoring and job shadowing in the future.

Each year, the Engineering Society of Detroit selects 30 middle school girls to participate in a summer and academic year program that focuses on math and science enrichment, shares engineering and computer science projects, and more with an emphasis on STEM awareness.

“Our vision at Urban Science is a world where innovation is science-driven and inspired by entrepreneurship to invent a better future,” said Randall Tallerico, Urban Science’s chief marketing officer, in a press release. “We know that our ability to achieve this vision begins and ends with us continuing to give our next generation of leaders the knowledge, skills, and support they need to succeed in STEM areas that are often more difficult to find and navigate for girls in the Detroit metropolitan area. “

The Academy is also working to develop and deploy programs to make STEM exciting and to help them learn in a variety of ways.

“Urban Science’s expanded engagement comes at a time when the pandemic has stifled education – especially STEM education – in many areas in the greater Detroit area,” said Robert Magee, executive director of ESD. “This is a significant learning gap that ESD cannot fill on its own, and support from the business community is critical to helping us position the Girls in Engineering Academy students for long-term success. We are grateful for Urban Science’s willingness to respond to our call for service and for their commitment to nurture the next generation of women engineers in our city with more than $ 50,000 in grants to date. “

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