Expansion of the A-MAN Program is under way in a number of local and national projects. Locally, A-MAN is seeking funding partnerships to purchase the present ISD&L site along with an additional 17,000 sq/ft co-located in the same building. This expansion will greatly enhance the over all projects outlined below.
A Partnership with Holman United Methodist Church of Los Angeles will create an additional computer technology center in the community. This site is based on the successful D.C. STARS model. Nationally: Kappa Alpha Psi, one of the nation's leading African-American Fraternities, has selected the A-MAN ISD&L model as its guide right youth program to expose students from grades 1-12 to science and technology. Over 3,000 students and role models will participate.
The ISD&L Center serves the Los Angeles Inner-city communities as a technologies resource site where youngsters between the ages of 5 and 18 and parents share and participate in scientific and technological experiences. The 7,500 sq/ft center utilizes reading lab, computer lab, laser and robotics lab, multi media lab and environmental sciences experiments to expose students to 21st century technologies. Students also explore technologies through study tours to local museums and Hi-tech centers such as JPL. Over 1,200 students attend sessions through out the year at the center. In 2000 the #1 science student in the state of California came from the A-MAN program and was also named the A-MAN senior achiever of the year.
The After School Academy for Innovation & Invention program has recently been recognized on a number of local area and national TV news programs as supplying a very sorely needed service to the community. During the summer months, area students attend the Summer Science Academy 10 hours/day where they experience science, invention and innovation sessions. Additionally summer fun in recreation and golf is enjoyed.
The A-MAN, Inc. International Science Discovery & Learning Center, in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), created the Saturday Science Academy. Now in its fourth year the Saturday Science Academy (SSA) strives to stimulate interest in technical fields and to encourage the career paths of secondary school students who have been traditionally underrepresented in science and technology fields. In response to the lack of African American and Hispanic students, especially women, pursuing degrees in engineering and science, the SSA serves as a source of support to encourage students to attend college and pursue technical degrees. With that goal in mind, SSA is designed to address the following areas:
The SSA is structured so that students (elementary - high school) will meet at least two Saturdays a month from October to May. During the sessions, students will participate in various Engineering Design Projects, Technical Seminars, and Math Competitions, receive free tutoring, tour area engineering companies and colleges, and Middle School and High School students will compete in the annual Robert H. Herndon Memorial Science Competition at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA. The A-MAN SSA is also a chartered National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Jr. Chapter.
A-MAN holds an annual Recognition Dinner event where student achievers and role models are presented. During the event, "Passing the Torch" awards are presented to selected honorees from the fields of science, technology, education, medicine and business. Dr. Jerome Lemelson was an honoree posthumously in 1999 of this very prestigious award. At the 2001 dinner event Mrs. Dorothy Lemelson was also honored for her dedicated service in the area of education. The 10th Annual 2002 Dinner program Honorees included Ms. Victoria Lowe CEO of Alert Staffing a full service nationwide staffing service and Dr. Arthur B.C. Walker, II (Posthumously) Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. Dr. Walker is most noted for his pioneering studies of high-energy radiation from the Sun and other astronomical sources. In 1995 South African President Nelson Mandela was an honoree.
The Digital Divide issues are addressed at the ISD&L Center through the donated Jerome & Dorothy Lemelson Multi-Media and Internet lab. Here students learn web site development, Internet operations and utilize the computer/ISDN in a distance learning concept linked with the Lemelson Center at the Museum of American History and the Lemelson/A-MAN D.C. Stars program in S.E. Washington, D.C. The D.C. STARS site made history by opening the first (ISDN) Internet operations serving this low-income area. The first STARS program-graduating senior now attends Howard University in computer science on full scholarship. The DC Stars program expanded locally through Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity's Guide Right Program.