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COVID-19 shines a light on the disparity in underserved communities -- Students 2 Science reminds us the opportunity to change the trajectory for students' futures is now

EAST HANOVER, N.J., June 24, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --A For the past 10 years, Students 2 Science (S2S) has been a trusted authority in STEM education. S2S aims to inspire, motivate, and educate the nation's future STEM leaders by closing education, access, and opportunity gaps. They developed a comprehensive district-wide STEM solution for underserved communities and worked with over 30 school districts in New Jersey to provide opportunities for more than 87,000 students. Students 2 Science has set an ambitious goal of empowering 1 million students per year in underserved and socio-economically disadvantaged communities with great STEM education. Education and equity in STEM changes lives, communities, and our ability to compete globally. There is a need to fill over 3.5 million STEM jobs by 2025. Students 2 Science is a model program with demonstrated success in meeting the needs of the public and private sectors. They have collaborated with businesses, institutions of higher education, school district leadership, and workforce-readiness agencies to increase workforce diversity in STEM and to provide STEM education. "70% of high school students surveyed expressed interest in STEM. Our objective is to make career alternatives and their earning potential clear, so students continue on the path to receive STEM certificates and post-secondary degrees in STEM fields." Paul Winslow, President, and Co-Founder. The impact of COVID-19 is being felt throughout communities across the nation, and it has had a significant impact on education. Students 2 Science is poised to meet the demand for virtual and digital learning and to fulfill the need for STEM education with its successful V-Lab (virtual lab) program. The V-Lab program provides students in grades 5-12 with hands-on STEM experiences via a digital platform. V-Labs are cost-efficient and easily scalable, and they were designed to overcome geographic and linguistic barriers. Working with over thirty school districts in NJ, PA, and NC they have developed solutions for the academic year 2020-2021 where S2S V-Labs provide learning in the classroom and at home. Students 2 Science set a goal of raising $3.5 million to expand the V-Lab program, throughout New Jersey and globally, in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities in dire need of STEM education.
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