4th Annual Juneteenth Reading Conference

Powered by S.T.E.A.M, the 4th Annual Juneteenth Reading Conference celebrates freedom and the power of S.T.E.A.M education.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Liberation Day, is an American holiday celebrated on June 19. On June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation— which had been issued on January 1, 1863— was read to enslaved African-Americans in Texas by Gordon Granger. Finally after two years, all slaves in the United States were finally free.

This year’s Juneteenth Reading Conference celebrates the power of S.T.E.A.M education.

In addition to fostering ingenuity and creativity, children who are engaged in S.T.E.M related activities are able to build resilience and problem-solving skills. S.T.E.M encourages experimentation, teamwork, knowledge application, and the use of technology.

According to Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, Arts Integration is a diversity of knowledge, programs, experiences, and aspirations that bring meaning to ideas and content through the arts and human interactions.

Arts Integration has also been proven to increase creativity, improve academic performance, increase motor skills, enhance visual learning, and boost higher decision-making skills.

Studies show that African Americans are under-represented in S.T.E.M related careers. One reason is because of a S.T.E.M gap that occurs as early as pre-school. The purpose of this conversation is to have a discussion on what can be done to encourage S.T.E.A.M education to improve the learning and economic outcomes of African American students.

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