SABES is an NSF-funded collaboration between Baltimore City Public Schools and Johns Hopkins. Its purpose is to improve educational outcomes in STEM disciplines throughout Baltimore City's elementary schools. This project focuses on grades 3–5 at nine schools in three targeted communities (Greater Homewood, Greektown/Highlandtown, and Park Heights).
- Welcome students into the STEM pipeline at an early age and encourage them to consider STEM majors/careers
- Provide students with a meaningful opportunity to meet STEM experts
- Explain how science and math are utilized by engineers
- Discuss real-life applications of the tools and concepts that students learn in the classroom
- Introduce students to STEM careers
- In the case of the afterschool program, support students completing Student Driven Projects—using STEM to improve aspects of their community
Mentors assist with hands-on STEM projects, build relationships with the facilitator and students, encourage students, and support learning of critical thinking skills.
Mentor teams (of approximately eight individuals) are assigned to one classroom for the duration of the school year. Each week, two mentors visit the classroom for about two hours. Thus, each mentor typically visits the classroom 1 to 2 times per month.
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