FAME, Inc. Celebrates 40 Years of STEM Education – And Heads to...

FAME, Inc. Celebrates 40 Years of STEM Education – And Heads to the White House


If you don’t know about FAME, Inc. you probably should!  Next month the organization will be celebrating its 40th year of motivating and educating students with a focus on STEM fields.  To mark the occasion, FAME Inc. is hosting a “Hall of FAME” Awards Dinner and Benefit Gala honoring individuals, companies and other partners who have been instrumental in inspiring its students to attend college or pursue STEM careers.

The organization was founded in 1976 by the DuPont Company to address the lack of women and other underrepresented minorities in the engineering and science industry.  Since then, FAME has served nearly 7,000 students.  Over 99% of students completing the six-year commitment go to college, with 68% of those pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields.

Don Baker, CEO of FAME, Inc. says “It’s quite an honor to be invited to the White House to share what FAME has done to excite, engage and empower girls and other underrepresented kids to explore STEM.  Celebrating STEM and taking time to recognize the courageous individuals and entities that took action to ensure that young women and other minorities had a career path 40 years ago will be equally fulfilling.”  Baker and his staff have been invited to meet high ranking officials at the White House because of the rich history of FAME and in part because the organization has created a nationally recognized scalable STEM curriculum aptly named STEMulate® Change.

STEMulate® Change.

The STEMulate® Change Outreach Initiative provides interactive, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) learning/lessons using an innovative curriculum model for students, grades 3-6, during out-of-school hours.

Building on an existing program model, FAME, Inc. implements STEMulate® Change across a wide range of settings to diverse groups of students to broaden participation and inclusion in STEM while also igniting interest in STEM learning and careers.

FAME collaborates with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and schools to scale statewide in Delaware. STEMulate® Change engages youth using problem-based learning curricula to encourage students to pursue advanced placement and other challenging STEM classes at school while also building the capacity for girls and underrepresented minorities to successfully pursue STEM careers.  The idea started in Delaware and is helping students and families in our state gain a love for STEM.  FAME plans to award a scholarship to a deserving student during its awards gala.


40th Anniversary Gala – “Hall of Fame”

The 40th Anniversary fundraising gala and celebration, which is being held at World Café Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St. on November 12, will especially honor those who have played an important role in FAME’s success.  Awardees include long time corporate supporter DuPont, Dr. William Fleming, former administrator with the Red Clay School District, the Hon. Sen. Margaret Rose Henry (D-Del), the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

Tickets to the benefit dinner from 6:00 – 8:30 pm are priced at $100.00.  These include admittance to the post-dinner celebration.  For those who prefer to attend just the celebration from 9:00 pm to midnight, tickets are on sale for $50.00.  There will be a cash bar and music by the Sid Miller Dance Band.

There are also special discount rates available at the Westin Wilmington and the Doubletree in Downtown Wilmington for anyone wishing to spend the weekend.

To purchase tickets in advance or for more information, visit http://www.famegala.com, call FAME at (302)-777-3254 or email info@fameinc.org.  For more information on FAME and its programs, visit http://www.famedelaware.org