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Using Open Source Technologies in the Classroom to Assist with STEM Growth in Urban Schools
Maurice Dawson, College of Business and Public Affairs, Alabama A&M University
Imad Al Saeed, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Colorado Technical University
Jorja Wright, College of Business, Florida Institute of University
Abstract: As more urban schools continue to lose critical funding to stay alive it is essential that the students continue to remain competitive in the global market. The graduation rates of urban schools in many areas are lower than the national average. And the overall rankings globally are not in. As part of the lower graduation rates in urban schools can be attributed to issues in the household other issues are prevalent. When students of these urban schools graduate it can be assumed that their technology competitiveness in the national and global market is not completive. It is essential to get these students able to compete in needed fields of engineering and computer science as our nation is actively working hard to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. As the United States of America (USA) is continually seeking to maintain a strong hold in technology innovation and an effective cyber infrastructure it is clear that without the appropriate personnel to fill slots we will not achieve our goals. Our plan is to use innovative methods to prepare a generation that has been under represented with the appropriate skillets to meet an ever growing demand. With technology costs also continuously rising Open Source Software (OSS) is a solution that allows these students to maximize their technology learning experience.