We seek to encourage diverse youth to live, learn, love and embrace arts and science as an everyday experience! Our work empowers each student to become a steward of our planet while making sure that they empathetically contemplate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) disciplines as an inspiring and fulfilling professional career path!
We are a Boulder-based organization that provides educational programs and other consulting services to reach diverse students, families and the general public with personally relevant educational experiences on Colorado’s environment, science and culture. CLACE operates environmental education programs in Boulder-area schools, consults with a variety of organizations on the design of culturally-relevant approaches to education, and works with local media to promote educational opportunities.
Colorado ranks near or at the top in states that need STEM workers: with the highest concentration of any state of private aerospace workers, second in the number of patents per 1,000 employees, third in the proportion of high-tech workers in the workforce, and tenth in the proportion of scientists and engineers in the workforce (Strickland, 2008). The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (2010) has targeted the following six industries for recruitment to the area: aerospace, aviation, bioscience, energy, financial services, and information technology-software. Despite this need, the rate that Colorado graduate high school and go on to higher education is only average. Only about one-third of Colorado students score “proficient” or higher on academic achievement tests in science and math.
What we do:
It is important that we increase the number of Hispanic students completing degrees in STEM and make sure that our diverse youth has a strong presence in the STEM future of our nation. We understand that parental encouragement is known to be one of the strongest influences on Hispanic students’ early educational aspirations and we strongly believe that to reach our goals, there needs to exist a family support system to help develop and encourage a student’s interest in a STEM career.
We are experts in:
We work collaboratively with partner organizations who share our goals and that of our students -and their parents- and develop cultural appropriate STEM programing, experiences and initiatives that bring real life transforming and empowering opportunities to all involved. CLACE continues to work with its diverse research, community and education partners in developing the proposed through:
- Design of Cultural relevant programs and products
- Program delivery and professional development training
- Product marketing and sales
- Research into best practices
- Response to grant opportunities and other forms of external funding
- Coalition building
- Translation services
“In minority and diverse communities, integrating at risk students to become successful and interested STEM participants can only be accomplished by partnering with parents, guardians and other family members. This is CLACE’s proposal to close the achievement gap.”
Marina La Grave, Founder and President CLACE