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 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
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
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
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.