What does it really take to be successful in science, math, engineering, or programming?

The strongest students have spent thousands of hours learning outside of school by the time they enter college. 

At BEAM, we make sure our students have the same access to learning opportunities as their more affluent peers.

BEAM learns to play Ricochet Robots

Understanding the STEM Pathway

Many people think that the pathway toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) looks like a line.  Get good grades in 4th grade, then go on to 5th grade and get good grades there. 

Most people think of education as a line.

In reality, for the students who enter college ready to major in STEM fields, their interests pushed them to explore much more while growing up, engaging in independent projects and advanced study.

But this is what STEM professionals did growing up.

Without these same opportunities for low-income students, how can we expect them to do equally well in college and beyond? 

BEAM circuit design

Providing this pathway to BEAM Students

At BEAM, we make sure our students get access to all the same enrichment opportunities their affluent peers already have: academic summer programs, robotics clubs, math teams, math circles, internships, and more.  From advice on a scholarship application to support writing essays to explanations of how to contact program offices or start your own club, we make sure no hurdle prevents our students from getting on and staying on the existing STEM pathway.