EduSTEM is a program founded in 2016 by three girls from different high schools in the Bellevue School District! We wanted to bridge the gap concerning underrepresented minorities in STEM fields by exposing youth to STEM career opportunities at an early age.
Since 2017, we have worked with a group of Lake Hills Elementary School students on Wednesday mornings at the Jubilee Reach Center. Every week we provide a fun STEM related activity for the students that relates to a real vocation they could possibly pursue in the future. The kids are extremely enthusiastic and inquisitive. We absolutely love working with them and watching their interest in STEM grow with each passing week!
Additionally, in January 2018 we hosted a Girls Day for 60+ girls, where we had women in STEM speakers and 3 rotational activities - lab sciences, computer science, and robotics. We also have expanded to four chapters across the world - our founding chapter in Bellevue, WA, and three others in New York, California, and Thailand.
We have received won grants, such as the Disney and Youth Service America grant (photo above). However, the funds don't last forever. As of right now, we are purchasing any materials for the projects out of our personal budgets. We would love to be able to expand our activity capabilities and have the financial freedom to buy supplies to support these new activities.
Through EduSTEM, we hope to empower these students to pursue STEM careers in the future. Every student deserves to know that they are capable of pursuing STEM, and that there are a variety of STEM related jobs which suit all types of interests.
Thank you so much for supporting us! Feel free to contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org!
If you would like to learn more about us, visit our website at edusteminitiative.org!