Wednesday, April 7, 2010

USC Rossier School for Education's Co-Director Gives Congressional Testimony on Increasing Diversity in STEM

eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine. eCYBERMISSION recognizes that the face of our nation is continually changing, and values diversity among its participants.  Sixth through ninth grade students from across the nation and in overseas Department of Defense Activity (DoDEA) schools work together in teams of 3 - 4 students, with one adult Team Advisor, to solve a problem in their community using the scientific method. Students submit their official project, or Mission Folder, on the eCYBERMISSION web site. 

Recently, Alicia Dowd, the co-director of the USC Rossier School for Education, testified before Congress on how her program, the Center for Urban Education, is working to broaden participation for underrepresented students interested in pursuing degrees in the STEM fields.

Dowd noted that one of the best ways to encourage students from all backgrounds to pursue degrees in the STEM fields is for teachers to “dispel any sense of racial discrimination, bias or racial stigma (Cholo).”

To read the University of Southern California's article on Dowd’s testimony before Congress, click here.

eCYBERMISSION strives to provide students of all proficiency levels and backgrounds the opportunity to excel in the competition and be rewarded for their hard work. The judging process allows for eCYBERMISSION to recognize a wide range of skills and contributions, encouraging all students to explore STEM and improve their problem solving skills. To learn more about eCYBERMISSION, visit the eCYBERMISSION web site at

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