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NCCOS Supports ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ White House Initiative

Published on: 08/15/2016
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President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative aims to broaden the participation of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Last month, NCCOS scientist Joe Wade participated in the first local ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ summer camp held at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina.

NCCOS scientist, Joe Wade (center), with students at the Lowcountry My Brother's Keeper Summer Camp. Credit NOAA

NCCOS scientist Joe Wade (center) with students at the Lowcountry My Brother’s Keeper Summer Camp. Credit: NOAA.

NCCOS display at Lowcountry My Brother's Keeper Summer Camp. Credit NOAA

NCCOS display at Lowcountry My Brother’s Keeper Summer Camp. Credit: NOAA.

The camp, sponsored by Charleston-area government, academic, and industry groups representing STEM careers, was designed to help young males of color (7th -9th graders) reach their full potential by empowering them to develop independence through education and career prospects. The boys learned about engineering, cyber forensics, and coastal species and ocean research. The camp included career counseling, a college tour, and hands-on activities.

The event connected the boys with men working in STEM careers in the hope that it will encourage the boys’ interest in science as a future occupation.

For more information, contact Joe.Wade@noaa.gov.

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