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Low-Income Students are Underrepresented in STEM Fields

Students that live in poverty must work twice as hard to succeed in life. Living in poverty has several challenges that hinder receiving a quality education. Children may be under the threat of homelessness, lack of food, or lack of resources. Having these stressors continually present in their lives negatively impacts the student’s ability to thrive in school. Students living in poverty might also attend an underfunded public school that does not have the resources to provide after-school tutoring assistance. Dr. Sharron Jenkins with the IRISE Research and Discovery Science (IRISE-RDS) is committed to providing a quality STEM education for all children, regardless of their socio-economic status.


Lack of Resources

Students living in poverty do not have the same resources as students from higher-income households. Lacking access to computers and the internet will hinder a student’s interest in the STEM field. Without a budding interest in the STEM field through their formative years, children will not move on to achieve STEM degrees in college. Dr. Jenkins is bringing an interest in STEM experiments directly to the classroom. Currently, the institute has the Vitamin C experiment

available as a 1-day project or as a 3-day summer camp.


How Does the Vitamin C Project Work?

The Vitamin C Project aims to bring STEM education into every classroom. It is an easy, replicable experiment that does not require an abundance of materials. The IRISE Research and Discovery Science institute provides all the resources necessary to carry out the project. We provide 2 ways to bring the Vitamin C Project to your classroom.


We can either bring our scientists in for a day to directly teach your students, or we can put your teachers through a 1-day training course which will give them the knowledge to bring it back to their students. Regardless of which option your school chooses, we provide all the training materials to carry about the exercise with your students.


Dr. Jenkins is committed to bringing lower-income students an equal representation in the STEM fields. This starts with immersing students into STEM concepts at an early age. Experiments like the Vitamin C project are a great way to bring STEM education into every classroom. Please contact Dr. Jenkins at 678-785-9662 to learn more about the Vitamin C Project.

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