This blog is written from the perspective of an African American self-titled digitalPlumbersm and graduate of a tech school with experience working in the high tech industries of North Carolina and Massachusetts. He worked in RF and FSK telemetry communications for Duke Power Company nuclear plant expansions in North Carolina and serviced mid-range IBM computer systems in Charlotte. In Massachusetts he has seen tech duty supporting computer based CAT brain and whole body scanners, IT consulting, high school electronics teaching, public access television production, WIFI and 4G LTE regional installations and online ecommerce builds and media library management.
Posting here began to appear a few days after March 4, 2013 when I responded to a request for proposals from the Massachusetts STEM Council who were seeking public awareness and advertising services meant to amplify the STEM brand in Massachusetts, beyond the work done with DIGITS by Arnold Worldwide.
I wanted the non-profit member organizations BDPA ( Black Data Processing Association – MetroWest Boston) and NSBE ( National Society of Black Engineer – Boston) seated on the 38 member Massachusetts STEM Council or at least in a driver’s seat to promote STEM in Massachusetts and this RFR opportunity was a path. Collectively, these organizations have delivered over 10,000 positive STEM experiences to K-8, high school students and the ethnic community at large – across the country.
Both the BDPA and NSBE do effective work in STEM without official ties to the Commonwealth and maybe, just maybe the community will be better off if these organizations continue to go at it as independents.
But there could be efficiencies gained if these organizations and the STEM Council were working with the same resources Massachusetts residents ( via their tax dollars ) have invested in. MassGov has many positive stories to tell about its STEM achievements. And it has some things it wants to fix such as getting women and students of color more into STEM.
Did you know that middle grade students would rather go to the dentist, take out the garbage, or clean their room than do their math homework? lol, is true says a study by Raytheon.
The STEM Council will impact communities of color in Massachusetts for the next decade.
This blog wants to hear what you think about STEM, tech and ethnic software.
Have a happy electronic day!