KidsTek Executive Director Richard Liner was honored to attend the White House Conference on Inclusive STEM Education on October 28. The conference was held in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds. Over two hundred people were in attendance from all over the country. The conference included a full day of panel discussions, key note speakers, and introductions from a wide variety of presenters, including three NASA astronauts. Rich stated that “One of the most impressive parts of the conference was the diversity of the people in the attendance; not only in ethnicity, but also gender, age and experience.”
Following each presenter were breakout sessions where small groups discussed topics including implicit bias, and how it may affect STEM education and youth of color.
Overall, Rich shared, “I was impressed with all of the discussion, it made me feel like we are on the right track with the students of KidsTek. The project-based model we use increases student interest in STEM-related careers.”