STEM Education Inc is a Colorado non profit Corporation created to promote and establish the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) leaders for the 21st Century! It has expanded into parts of the USA and Kenya.
History of the Organization and its Mission.
The mission of STEM Education Inc is to empower children and young adults with the knowledge and resources needed to inspire an early passion for science, technology, engineering, and math and computer science (STEM+CS) through hands-on, scientific experimentation and exploration of today's technology so they can create and lead the world of tomorrow.
In 2011 we were invited to Kenya to start an educational outreach to establish Project Based Learning in the school system there. On one of our visits with our Kenya partners we were introduced to the Maasai tribe. They are a beautiful and strong people much like the American Indian tribes here in the USA. STEM Education has partnered with START (Solutions To Achieve Real Transformation) in Kenya to build a womens training center and a preschool in the Kajiado County Region of the Maasai Lands.
Current Programs, Activities and Accomplishments.
1. Maasai Osiligi Odede (Can be found on Google Maps) Establishing a Maasai Women's Training Center and Preschool. Touching all aspects of their lives. We are working with local organizations to establish a beachhead of educational opportunities for Maasai women focused in health and commerce.
2. Young LEGO Engineering Clubs, K-12th grades, here and in Kenya where children explore STEM through a brand they know and love − LEGO®. Children get to:
Explore challenges facing today's scientists
Discover real-world math and science
Design and build a challenge-related model using LEGO® Education Products
Develop the leaders of the next century
Through our after-school STEM+CS clubs, children are introduced to engineering and computer science using “kid friendly” materials which engage the child’s interest immediately. Stimulating creativity, perseverance and technological skills, at all levels, we learn to work as a “team” through robotics challenges. The concept of competition going hand in hand with efforts to see others succeed permeates every aspect of the learning environment, reinforcing life skills of “pursuit with cooperation.”
KENYA AND BEYOND IN EDUCATION
We have seen huge growth in our Kenya work. When we first arrived in 2012 they had not heard of STEM. Now there are government mandates to see STEM in all their schools. Because of that we have expanded into Primary Schools and Universities. We have also been contacted by other African countries to see if we can help them.
A few years ago we were invited to a family celebration down in Maasai land. We immediately fell in love with the people of Kajiado County. They had just entered a 4 year drought and the families we personally knew began to loose their cattle. One of our closest friends lost almost 500 head before the drought broke. We began our pursuit of a Women's Training Center and Preschool. More is developing every day.
As of 1-15-2020 We have raised the funds to install a water bore hole and on November 23rd we had an opening ceremony to celebrate running WATER! Our goal is to establish enough self sustaining community wells to protect them through the drought seasons. This area has approx. 10,000 people.