STEMed Labs

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Austin, TX dedicated to improving educational opportunities in our communities. Our goal is to serve as an incubator for novel, cross-disciplinary approaches to STEM education. We partner with schools, teachers, parents, and industry to build a sustainable, grassroots model of delivering innovation in education.

Our Mission

To increase opportunities for children to have exposure to innovative and experiential science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs independent of their geography or socioeconomic status. By engaging the next generation of STEM professionals at a young age, we can help produce a stronger and more competitive workforce ready to face the challenges of tomorrow.

Our Approach: Purpose Based Learning

Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.

Mark Twain

We strive to develop unique, individualized experiences for our students with the purpose of not only increasing their interest in STEM, but also instilling in them the motivation for sustainable, self-driven learning outside of the classroom. Specifically, our programs give students the opportunity to develop and grow their interests in STEM subjects through purpose-driven pathways:

  1. Entrepreneurship – Students apply their STEM knowledge to deliver value through novel business endeavors
  2. Social impact – Students grow their leadership skills by making an impact on STEM education in their communities
  3. Research – Students address real, open problems facing our society today

Our Programs

STEMtastics: STEM for our youngest students

Driven by parent volunteers, our STEMtastics classes are fun, project based lessons for students K-5. Each class focuses on a specific topic, often suggested by students from previous sessions. We’ve covered dinosaurs, programming, and even the science of fire. Come join us for a Saturday STEMtastics!

STEMbridge: Summer programs / camps

Our summer camps are half-day experiences that provide our students the opportunity to develop new skills through project based learning. Whether it’s learning computer architecture or electronics, we’re always striving to challenge our students over the summer!

STEMed Labs Ambassadors (SLA): Social impact and leadership

What happens when you provide students the opportunity to drive a self-defined, social impact project to promote STEM education? We’re finding out! Our first cohort ran their own summer camp, and our second has some great plans they are working on for 2016.

STEMpreneur: STEM + Entrepreneurship

We partnered in 2015 with 3 Day Startup for our first STEMpreneur series where we combine STEM programming with their unique, weekend-long entrepreneurship workshop. The results surpasses our expectations, and we’re looking forward to offering this program again!

(NEW in 2016!) Young Research Scientists

Ever wonder what it takes to not only learn existing knowledge, but to be at the forefront defining the future? Our Young Research Scientist (YRS) program may just be for you. Details coming soon!

What Our Participants Say

 

I attended the second half of a four Saturday class on the Raspberry Pi called “Pi Bytes”, by STEMed Labs. The teachers were extremely helpful, even when I sent emails from home, in helping me catchup on what I missed. The teachers knew a lot, and the demos were cool. The class was fun.

Arnav Mohan

Student

[Computer Science] is really not that bad. I know I can handle it…because of STEMed Labs. I’m really thankful for STEMed Labs, they really helped me out. Laura Godinez

Student

I recommend treating anything STEMed Labs offers, as a great learning opportunity. The team is passionate, and extremely talented, and really knows what they’re doing.  My middle-schooler son spent 4 hours with them in a Pi class with some other kids, and learnt a LOT. STEMed Labs is an asset to Austin. They’re good at “getting things done”.  While some of these phrases sound cliched, I mean them sincerely.

Deepa Ramani

Parent

I learned that failure is OK and how to work through obstacles as a team. Communication skills that I learned as an ambassador were really cool. You get out what you put in. Having an organization like STEMed Labs backing me up was great. It was great having that support group.

Noelle Rivera

Student and STEMed Labs Ambassador

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