Welcome to DIGITS www.DIGITS.us.com
DIGITS is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) awareness/education program that pairs STEM professionals with sixth-grade classes throughout the state. DIGITS utilizes a unique concept in which a STEM icon is embedded in every letter of the alphabet. The alphabet evolved into a set of student activities that are used to stimulate student interest in STEM subjects and expand their knowledge of STEM careers.
The DIGITS classroom experience takes place during one math or science class and consists of three elements:
- two hands-on student activities
- volunteers’ personal career stories and explanation of what they do and how they use math and science in their jobs, and
- a discussion of the attributes/benefits of working in a STEM career.
Volunteers interact with sixth grade students, prompt students to envision themselves in a STEM career, serve as role models, and help students make the connections between what they study in school and how math and science are used in the real world.
The program is free to schools, operates on an opt-in basis, and requires no preparation on the part of teachers. The program also provides to participating teachers with a set of online STEM resources to supplement classroom instruction over the course of the academic year.
Over the last four years of DIGITS implementation in schools across Massachusetts:
- 50,000+ students were motivated to study math and science and consider STEM careers
- 500+ volunteers interacted with students and shared their career stories, inspiring students
- 100+ companies, state agencies, universities and other organizations enabled their employees to volunteer and visit classrooms
- Students showed a significant increase in their interest in math/science and their knowledge of STEM careers, and greater interest in STEM-related after-school activities.
- Teacher response to the DIGITS program is overwhelmingly favorable. Teachers surveyed after hosting the program give high ratings to the message, materials, and Ambassadors. They stated that they wanted an Ambassador to come back the following year, and would recommend Ambassador visits to others.