“The STEMulate™ Change program provided exciting educational experiences for our summer camp students that will surely have enduring positive social and academic support.”
-- Stuart Sherman, Executive Director of Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club.
STEMulate™ Change’s goal is to ignite interest in science, technology, engineering and math learning and careers. Post-program evaluations demonstrate that students feel that doing well in science, math, and technology at school is important, and that school is very relevant to their future. This program has a vision to reach 6,000 students over the next 3 years.
The project is operated as an afterschool and summer program in partnership with community centers and public schools. Students learn about each icon’s “grit” and the struggles overcome to achieve his or her goals, as well as his/her professional accomplishments and contributions to the world. FAME recognizes that youth can more readily relate to a curriculum that ties in a significant role model who is of the same underrepresented population, motivating them to develop a greater interest in and personal connection to STEM.
Each curriculum is fully aligned with Common Core Standards and uses problem-based teaching methods; presented with a problem, students learn how to solve it through hands-on investigation. STEMulate™ Change integrates cross-curricular learning in Mathematics, Science/Technology, and English Language Arts, effectively tying together each subject through the focus on a particular STEM icon
FAME recruits STEM professionals who work in the fields of STEM icons featured in STEMulate Change to do short presentations for the students about their own real-life experiences. This practice helps children learn about local industries where they may aspire to work. The cost to operate STEMulate Change is $225 per student.Funders and Partners
FAME partners with community centers serving at-risk youth, public school districts, and charter schools in the delivery of this program.
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.