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Who are we?
World STEM Works (WSW) is a newly-founded global undergraduate student organization that strives to combat the US general public's steady and alarming decline in STEM [*] (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) interest by educating and inspiring K-12 students and community members to pursue a passion in STEM.
What kind of impact do we want to make?
Our four core goals are:
- To inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and physicians.
- To create a more scientifically literate public to make better informed science policy decisions.
- To foment the maturation of civic leaders among students and professional to engage with society.
- To build a network of international scientists and engineers to share resources and knowledge, and set the stage upon which solve some of the world's greatest problems can be solved.
How are we making this impact?
WSW grows what we've termed Empower chapters at universities across the US, that in turn reach out to local K-12 schools and communities. This proactive outreach consists of (1) hosting dialogues with panels of STEM professionals and civic scientists, (2) cultivating young leaders through leadership development programming, and (3) hands-on STEM activities. We call our approach the Empower model, and we've described it in detail in our "Supplementary Information" document, under the Support Your Idea section of this profile—we highly recommend that you take a look!
What's the bigger picture?
In conclusion, we want to first inspire—to spark curiosity, questioning, innovation in the youth. We give them the interest and incentive to pursue a passion in STEM, and then empower with our three-pronged outreach initiative, arming them with the tools to pursue this passion. We want to go beyond what other groups do—beyond dry, technical STEM education and create a well-rounded, able youth, and an informed, scientifically literate general public. We believe our multi-faceted approach is a unique, effective, and powerfully synergistic one with much potential. If you think so too, we'd greatly appreciate your vote in support of our mission. Thank you.