When Steven Kwan studied in 8th standard, he truly doesn’t know that he wanted a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM), but he knew that he wanted a $1,000 scholarship for college. Kwan’s parents, the first generation of immigrants from China had always emphasized the importance of education, so when the Seattleites reached the eighth grade, they realized that they had to save for college.
When Kwan studied that Seattle’s Technology Access Foundation (TAF) was offering a $ 1,000 scholarship to the successful completion of its Technical Teen Internship Program (TTIP), a high school STEM program, even if it applied – even if he does not know much about TAF.
Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts is devoted its time to creating futures in STEM for people of color and other disadvantaged students in Washington State. Through education and building connections, TAF is helping to make tomorrow’s technical leaders and is pulling the difference in representation in the technology sector.
Kwan was part of TAF’s program as a education of TTIP, as a member of an after-school program. As several numbers of children were using computers to play within the instant messaging, Kwan was learning about six hours of programming, software engineering and professional development skills such as interviewing and collaborating with others on the job this week.
Student Kwan said, “The goal of that was to help us develop these technical skills so that, come summertime, they would help us find internships within the Seattle area to make use of those skills.”
After several years, the two things happened later that year: Kwan knew that $1000 is not enough money to go to college, and he than stars his pursue a career in technology. One thing’s for certain — with TAF getting bigger and people like Kwan at its helm, the future of STEM is only getting brighter.