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Woman on mission to help students achieve through STEM

Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Updated: December 02, 2020 08:01 PM
Created: December 02, 2020 06:17 PM

Students are falling behind in math in the wake of the pandemic. That's the findings of an education assessments group.

The group looked at elementary and middle school students, and also found a disproportionately large number of poor and minority students missed assessment testing this fall.

For Kayla Miller, the gaps in STEM-related courses has caused her to take it upon herself to help students achieve.

Miller loves science and it all started in elementary school and continued in high school.

As she entered college at Central Connecticut State University, she realized there were few students in her classes, like biomolecular science which she majored in, who looked like her.

She felt the lack of exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math had to be the reason, so she set out to change that.

She created STEM Kings & Queens in 2019.

She's taught summer workshops focusing on cells, exposing kids to fun projects, and science history on people like Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose stolen cells have been use in labs for 65 years and helped create vaccines for HPV, helped make the polio vaccine available to the world sooner and became important to gene mapping.

This year, she was working with the Albany City School District on science projects when COVID-19 struck.

Unable to be in schools, she went online with a new interactive website teaching kids coding, genetics experiments and how to understand COVID-19.

Learn more about some of the things she teaches by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.


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