By Haywood Liggett
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter
A local non-profit organization is working to empower children in the areas of science, math, and technology (STEM). The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) has been helping youth (ages 7-14) improve their performance in STEM subjects over the past half-decade. Their mission is to prepare Lansing-area students to participate in a global knowledge economy. Through innovative after school and summer programs, ITEC works to advance ability in these subjects as well as robotics and digital media. Employing Michigan State University education students, ITEC attempts to provide familiar faces for kids that may not receive a high volume of STEM education in their schools.