STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

According to the U.S. Department of Education, — All young people should be prepared to think deeply and to think well so that they have the chance to become the innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and our world, both today and tomorrow. But, right now, not enough of our youth have access to quality STEM learning opportunities and too few students see these subjects as possible careers .

In response, the Y is creating opportunities for youth to explore STEM and develop decision-making, problem-solving and analytical skills. STEM programming is implemented in curriculum through Anaheim Achieves after school program and day camp.

STEM Related Programs, Events and Activities Programs
• Gardens (water-wise, vegetable, butterfly, and flower): junior high students
develop plans and build gardens for their school sites. Elementary students create an
environment to study the stages of butterflies

Program Wide Events
• STEM Showcase: connects families, collaborators and the community through a
fun-filled public event showcasing STEM activities Anaheim Achieves students’
created. There are interactive booths for each site, collaborator, and stage show
performances. Showcase occurs towards the end of the school year at a city park. It
is open to the community and free of charge

• Youth Film Festival: K thru 12th grade students have the opportunity to write
scripts, act, film, produce, and edit their student films. These films are shown at a
local movie theater and viewing is open to the public

• Science Fairs: K thru 6th grade students host an on-site Science Fair. Youth submit
a science experience to be judged. The finalist from each school site conducts a
formal presentation to a panel of judges at an culminating Science Fair

• Graphic Design: 5th and 6th graders create graphics (character and location) for video games
• Music production, Code Breaking, Imagination Playground, Film, Gardening, Cooking, Photography
• AutoCAD

Kidz Math, Kidz Science, Math Maze, Science Explorers, Fantasy Baseball, Inside
the Outdoors/ Traveling Scientist, Math Plus, SciGirls , STEM to story
Five staff are currently certified DoS observers – a tool for STEM implementation

CSUF Teacher Pathways, CSUF Women in Engineering, Republic Services, Inside the Outdoors

Parent engagement: parent/child nights, create awareness campaign
STEM Professional mentors
STEM Website: content being generated for our new website
Start Mini Maker fair: all grades involved
STEM challenges: have Y youth participate in programs outside the Y
STEM curriculum: sustainability, coding, engineering fundamentals

STEM Program Goals for Students

  • To learn to solve problems
  • To spark curiosity and creativity
  • To reshape “failure” – it’s okay if you don’t to get something right the first time. Try and try again until you suceed
  • To interest and prepare students for future STEM careers
  • To reinvent the way students see and feel about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

STEM Initiatives in Orange County

At the Y, we know we can’t do it alone. By working together with partners and other organizations, we can have a greater impact in our communities, reach more youth and spark their interest in STEM.

Imagine Science, Orange County
Imagine Science, Orange County

Four of the nation’s largest youth development organizations — YMCA of the USA, the National 4-H Council, Boys & Girls Club of America, and Girls Inc. — are forming a multi-year partnership to jointly tackle the challenge of engaging under-represented youth in stem learning.

This groundbreaking new partnership is called Imagine Science.

The goal of Imagine Science is to bring STEM programming to community-based sites across the nation at times and places where options are typically limited. Programming will include the use of mobile stem labs, 1-2 day stem challenges and Expos, and multi-week stem-themed Summer Camps.



Click on the logo to learn more about Imagine Science, Orange County.


OC STEM Initiative
OC STEM Initiative

The Orange County STEM Initiative’s mission is to partner with community stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, businesses, and funders) invested in the improvement of the quality and outcome of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in Orange County to develop the critical thinking, creative and innovative leaders of tomorrow.



Click on the logo to learn more about the OC STEM Initiative.

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