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STARS brings together Bank of America, Richmond Public Schools (RPS), and VCU Engineering to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in the Richmond region. This program provides participants with industry-ready knowledge and experiences in computer and data science by:

  • Building on existing and new outreach partnerships
  • Leveraging available resources
  • Working in conjunction with existing RPS initiatives to support established goals around STEM learning

STARS aims to support students from populations typically underrepresented in engineering and computer science with a long-term goal of increasing the diversity of the tech talent workforce in Virginia.

The STARS Approach

The holistic approach of the STARS program focuses on three aspects: content, mentorship and exploration. By looking at the whole experience of students, STARS is better able to make an impact on student interest and tech pathway retention.

RPS has existing STEM Academy programming at both Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Thomas H. Henderson Middle School and the Richmond Technical Center. STARS works with these three programs to support the educators and resources already in place to position students for success as they seek to access opportunities in technical and STEM-field careers.

Get Involved!

STARS Summer Challenge

This is an exciting opportunity for RPS high school students who want to test their analysis skills against real-world data. Participants will have the opportunity to delve into what is happening in Richmond right now and practice their presentation skills by making recommendations to a group of industry and academic professionals. Are you up for the challenge?

Week 1
Monday, July 11, 2022
9–11 a.m.
Virtual: Google Meet
Welcome and Program Orientation
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
9–11 a.m.
Virtual: Google Meet
Intro to Data and Where to Find It
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
9–11 a.m.
Virtual: Google Meet
Intro to Data Analysis
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Friday, July 15, 2022
10–11 a.m.
Virtual: Google Meet
Progress Check Meeting
Week 2
Monday, July 18, 2022
10–11 a.m.
Virtual: Google Meet
How to Give a Good Presentation
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Times by Appt
Virtual: Google Meet
Practice Presentations and Refine
Thursday, July 21, 2022
6–8 p.m.
In person: VCU College of Engineering
Final Presentations

Register as a Participant

Are you a data science professional who wants to support the STARS Summer Challenge?

Sign up as a Volunteer

STARS Career Coach Program

Are you a professional in a tech-related field ready to give back? As a STARS Career Coach, you can make a difference by presenting youth with opportunities in the tech industry and helping to guide them along a journey of career exploration and awareness.

If you are able to help us make a real impact on these students’ lives, please consider completing the Career Coach application.

Career Coach Application

Still have questions?

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