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Keep Your Head and Your Hopes To The Skies-Operations SAFEE Flight

 

 

With the need for qualified pilots to compete with the increase of airplane travel, recruiters are touring schools trying to increase student's awareness of the aviation field. This recruitment effort has become less than effective at minority schools. The problem lies more than just with the recruitment office, but with the entire aviation industry. What causes black to have such poor representation in the aviation field?  The problem starts off early on in the African American community. Their school guidance counselors persuade African American children into pursuing more trade-based jobs. They believe that becoming a pilot is not an obtainable goal for inner city children.  Life also has a tendency of imitating art so the majority African American children grow up wanting to become basketball players and football players. This is because most of them do not hear about courage men like Eugene Jacques Bullard.  Bullard, who was the first African American combat pilot, had over 25 years of flight experience before the famous Tuskegee Airmen.

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USA Science & Engineering Festival-The SuperBowl of STEM-Does it Work To inspire The Next Generation

 

I cannot begin to thank you enough for such an amazing experience! I only wish I knew about it sooner so I could've taken advantage of all 3 days with my son. It was fun, it was engaging, it was obviously educational, my son is beyond inspired, and that's most what I want to thank you for.

My son is a smart, curious kid, but he also has dyspraxia (fine motor trouble, he's slow to get work done, etc). He started school this year SO excited about first grade. He gets the material, but he gets held in from recess to finish work, etc and his enthusiasm for school, and learning, has taken a beating this year. You people and your PHENOMENAL festival single-handedly, in a single day, re-inspired him and gave him SUCH a shot of confidence, it is just amazing. He is literally standing taller, days later, due to the successes he had doing experiments, and from encouragement he received from "real scientists". He is still talking most of all about how his lego structure survived the tsunami tank , among other things. While waiting for the metro he looked up at me with wonder in his eyes and said, "can you believe it mom? REAL SCIENTISTS said to me that I had good ideas!" I can't begin to tell you what that means to him, and to me, for a kid w ho's always hearing about how slow he is, or how messy his handwriting is, to give him a kind word, to entertain his questions, and to give him feedback on his ideas, was nothing less than a gift. To us both. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

We came from TN for this event. My son is 17 and was looking at physic as a degree choice. We met some amazing folks who provided some great information! I think the decision has been made. I would like to say thank you to all the NASA staff and other educators for encouraging my son to "find something fun! Enjoy what you do!" kind of job.

 

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STEM Diversity The 100 Way

OGTV & The 100 Black Men of Greater Washington D.C. have joined Forces to Address “What Works”  

Washington, DC 05 April 2016 - OGTV, LLC has recruited the assistance of The 100 Black Men of Greater Washington DC’s (The 100) “STEM The 100 Way” Initiative to help effectively address the “What Works” Project through their auspicious member’s abilities to design and implement avant-garde STEM enrichment and education programs and deliver them to the underserved and under-represented students in the Greater Washington DC area.

 

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How Does Your Job Help Others Become Interested in STEM?

CIA agent, Beverly Kennedy’s Black History Month is “EveryDay” in Honor of STEM Diversity interview validated for me the importance of having a mentor.  With this affirmation about the importance and value of mentorship, I began to think about the question of what would government look like if every Director of an Agency included on the performance reviews the number of people you mentored at work?  What would our communities look like, and how much more successful would students be in the STEM fields if we all took on the pledge to make sure that government workers mentored at least one student from another community.

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Future Kings Making History "EveryDay"

To ensure that OGTV leads by example on the idea that Black History Month is "EveryDay" in Honor of STEM Diversity by officially supporting the not for profit Future Kings. We were happy to be a part of Future King's 2nd Annual Black History Month Gala.  To support this amazing not for profit that trains young males 6th grade to 12th grade in coding, and teaching them to develop Apps that can be sold to businesses to help grow their revenues. Congratulations Future Kings, and its great to be on board. To support Future Kings, call 202-469-3423 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Future Kings was created to highlight the benefits to the underserved community of empowering its males. The belief is that if we can invest in the goal of empowering these males through entrepreneurial success, the return on investment will be exponentially higher. For that reason, we are creating a pipeline of young men that is designed to create a strong alternative to the existing system-based pipelines leading to underemployment and incarceration. Our pipeline leads to a college education and the creation of minority owned, STEM-based businesses.

Building the Pipeline

The Future Kings are working to overcome the racial and income barriers that impede these young men and their families from gaining financial self-sufficiency. Our organization is creating a repeatable, scalable process for entrepreneurial training that is self-sustaining. The organization provides the academic education and hands-on experiences to create a cadre of entrepreneurs from underserved communities. These young entrepreneurs create STEM-based businesses that operate in some of the high growth industries of the 21st century. Specifically, participants develop skills in (a) computer coding associated with computer game design, (b) cyber-security, (c) stock market investing, and (4) engineering processes that use 3-D printing.

Strategy

The Future Kings entrepreneurial instruction is based on two research based tenets. One of the tenets is “Applied Learning”. The other is “Authenticity”.  “Applied Learning” is an educational pedagogy that uses project based learning as a way of helping students make connections between what they learn in school and how that knowledge is used for real purposes. “Authenticity” in K-12 education refers to how well classroom activities reflect the everyday and occupational practices of adults both in school and out of school program that functions as an internship program for boys in grades 6 to 12. 

Process

The foundation of the instructional process is the creation of revenue generating businesses. The businesses serve as internships for the Future Kings participants. Each template business has five departments: (1) corporate management, (2) human resources, (3) production, (4) customer service, and (5) marketing/sales. It is these businesses that provide both the “Applied Learning” and the “Authenticity” that is foundational to the Future Kings program. The instructional program is a combination of classroom instruction, field trips, guest speakers, and exposure to high demand specialties with STEM foundations. At Future Kings, STEM-based entrepreneurship is the key to empowering our underserved male students towards that success.

History

The Future Kings organization is a 501(c)(3) approved, non-profit corporation located in Dumfries, Virginia. We were formed in December 2010. Since creation, we have served over 200 young men. Currently, we have program graduates at West Virginia University, University of Virginia, Morehouse College, and Northern Virginia Community College. FK is on a path to create a cadre of successful entrepreneurs with STEM-based businesses who give back to their communities while changing the negative societal perceptions of young men from underserved communities. To become a sponsoring supporter of Future Kings call 202-469-3423 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Future Kings is also looking for volunteers from government agencies who want to be a Brother's Keeper to these young men.  Stay tuned for the HackaThon and the Science & Engineering Festival in April 2016. For more information email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is has been a Black History Month is "EveryDay" Announcement.  Keep it Locked @ www.opengovtv.com 

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Diversity Is What Diversity Does

Our first of an ongoing series of interviews in Honor of STEM Diversity Black History Month is "EveryDay" campaign has led us into the offices of the Central Intelligence Agency, more publicly known as the (CIA).  In today’s OGTV Feature story, we are introduced to an African American first generation college student turned military who went into the Air force, and retired only to come into the CIA ,out of a sheer will to continue servicing his country, oddly enough, the day after the infamous 9-11 tragedy.   While we only touch upon in this story, a small piece of our discussion with Deputy Chief of Staff Associate Directorate of Military Affairs for the Central Intelligence Agency, Andy Anderson, our interview  was inspiring, and revealed clearly what a commitment to cause, country, and a continued thirst to carry out the true definition of freedom really looks like.   We believe you will too be inspired as you learn more about Deputy Chief of Staff Associate Directorate  of Military Affairs, Andy Anderson. 

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What Does STEM Diversity Look Like

Dr. Bertley oversees both research-based projects as well as program development and implementation including: Gender, Adult Learning and Community Engagement; K-12 Professional Development; Learning Technologies, Youth Programs (STEM Scholars, Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS) and The Franklin Institute’s magnet high school, Science Leadership Academy).  Dr. Bertley also oversees the PECO Energizing Education Program (PEEP) and founded and directs the Color of Science™ which highlights the fantastic contributions of women and persons of color to modern day science and engineering.  In addition to these STEM educational programs, Frederic directs the prestigious Franklin Awards Program, the long-running Journal of The Franklin Institute and the Institute’s international educational efforts including projects in Africa and South America.

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Commitment To STEM Diversity To Develop Future Kings

In our quest to honor Black History Month is "EveryDay," in honor of STEM Diversity, we knew that  we would discover positive activities that could "Change the (perceived) Game" that says minorities are under-represented in the STEM fields.  While we do not debate what the numbers show us about minorities in STEM, we do challenge our ability as a nation to continue to come short in increasing the number of minorities in STEM.   And since the data we have found (so far) reflects a continuing trend of  disparities when it comes to the number of minority STEM engaged compared to other ethnic groups, we commit at OGTV, to do our best, to ensure a discovery of, and an ultimate promotion of "What Works."   Today we are pleased to bring to you a story of Young boys turning into men and learning how to be Future Kings. 

 

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A History of Innovators-“EveryDay"

In our daily quest to remind America that Black History is “EveryDay” and in honor of STEM Diversity, we have discovered a video presentation about famous black men and women inventors of the 20th and the 21st century. This video is just a short list of the MANY contributions of blacks throughout history and OGTV thanks The Association of Multicultural Members of Partners:MGH.  The video narrative was obtained from Black-Inventors by Keith Holmes. 

 

 

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