STEM by the Numbers

This piece from illustrates how to discuss inequities in STEM careers through a math lesson.  Students are given data and prompting to find patterns of under-representation of minoritized racial groups in the STEM professions.  The lesson blends consciousness-raising - done through observing real inequities - and academic standards - through math analysis.

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As an individual: As an elementary or middle-school math teacher, adapt this lesson to your classroom.

As a staff: Analyze this lesson for merit and value based on your school’s goals for student development.  Are lessons like these valuable and important to takeaways for students?  If so, continue developing similar lessons and units attentive to critical themes.

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