Penn Netter Center’s STEM Programs Promote Inclusion and Better Science

Amanda Mott

Penn News

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Amir Jones, a 10th grade student at West Philadelphia’s Sayre High School, has always had an interest in science, but partnership activities coordinated by Moelis Access Science,  a program operated by the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, helped his interests reach a whole new level.

“I used to have to go and search out information,” Jones says. “Now Moelis Access Science brings it to me.”

Through such programs, Jones and scores of other K-12 students in five West Philadelphia public schools are increasing their interest, and education, in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The promise of these endeavors form the premise of a National Science Foundation-supported white paper, “Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement," recently prepared by Netter Center Director Ira Harkavy at Penn with Myra Burnett, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Spelman College, and Nancy Cantor, chancellor at Rutgers University, Newark.

To read all about  it in Penn News, click here.