EDUCATION GOAL: All youth are ready for college, work and life

Why Is This Important?

Iowa State University Science Bound was developed to address the educational needs resulting from the growing demands for a globally-competitive, highly-skilled ASTEM (agriculture, science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workforce, as well as changing state and national demographics. Nationally, Whites areestimated to comprise 61 percent of our country’s population in 2017 (U. S. Census Bureau, 2018). The State of Iowa, similarly, is experiencing a shift in its demographics, with Whites now accounting for 86 percent of the state’s population (down from 91 percent, U. S. Census Bureau, 2018). Although people of color in Iowa accounted for just 14 percent of the state’s population in 2017, the student of color population is now 23 percent statewide (Iowa Department of Education, 2017-2018). Des Moines Public Schools (the largest school district in the state, with 34,020 students) is comprised of approximately 53 percent non-white students. Within this population of students of color, 37 percent are Black, 50 percent are Latino/a, and 12 percent are multi-racial (Iowa Department of Education, 2017-2018). To address the need in light of the changing demographics, Science Bound addresses and supports the preparedness of diverse Iowa students, thereby increasing the numbers of ethnically and racially diverse professionals in agriculture, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (ASTEM) areas.

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