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Science Competitions Advocating for Learning Equity (SCALE)

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Science Competitions Advocating for Learning Equity (SCALE) is an elementary school outreach program that partners with local Prince George's County public elementary schools to provide a means of establishing strategic intervention in underserved classrooms with the goal of fostering meaningful, unique and hands-on science competitions between students who are typically under-represented in STEM and higher education. Equipped with toothpicks, popsicle sticks, foam balls and paint, kids compete to build things like solar system models and roller coaster prototypes all while experiencing a positive learning environment that fosters creativity and fun. Since forming in fall 2022, SCALE has worked with more than 200 second and fifth grade students from two local elementary schools and has raised more than $5,000 to support their monthly science competitions. With almost 60 percent of SCALE’s volunteer-core identifying as women and close to 20 percent identifying as Black or Latino, they are hopeful that their presence in the classroom will inspire more students to get involved with STEM.