During Summer 2020 Mendota Rowing Club partnered with STEM to Stern, UW Rowing and the Latino Health Council to launch STEM to Stern Madison.
S2S is a National program born out of Milwaukee Rowing Club with the sole mission of eliminating barriers to the sport of rowing so teams can be more diverse and inclusive.
Mendota Rowing Club is one of the first clubs to join the national STEM to Stern program.
STEM to Stern (S2S) is an outreach program that provides opportunities in the rowing and STEM fields to historically excluded students. Both the sport of rowing and STEM fields have historically been lacking in diversity and the program aims to increase accessibility in both areas. Athletes are exposed to the sport of rowing where they learn team building, personal development skills, and grow in their athleticism. This is paired with after practice tutoring sessions, in which Madison area collegiate rowers work with the students on homework and STEM related projects.
Why is S2S Important
The program breaks down barriers present in both the sport of rowing and STEM fields. It provides opportunities for students to get athletically involved who may not have been exposed to the sport otherwise. The S2S program aims to combat systemic segregation and create an inclusive community through athletics. Additionally, with asynchronous and online learning for K-12 schools, the extra instruction and one-on-one tutoring is especially impactful for students. By increasing youth participation, S2S seeks to make the rowing community more diverse at all levels, from novice to collegiate programs.
Who are we impacting?
Middle and High School aged students are the primary beneficiaries of the program. Increased diversity improves the entire boathouse culture. Through S2S, these students are able to experience a sport which has long been inaccessible due to high membership fees and boathouse locations closer to high-income school districts.