STEM Kids NYC

North Bergen, NJ   |  stemkidsnyc.org

Mission

Our mission is to bridge the gap between the current school curriculum and the immediate need for schools to prepare students for STEM skills and for jobs that do not yet exist.

Ruling year info

2015

Founder & Executive Director

Ms. Yvonne Thevenot

Main address

301 79th Street Suite A3

North Bergen, NJ 07047 USA

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EIN

47-4900726

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs was 3x as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs. STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17% through 2018, compared to 9.8% growth for non-STEM occupations. STEM workers also command higher wages, earning 26% more than their non-STEM counterparts. In addition, STEM workers are also less likely to experience joblessness than their non-STEM counterparts, and if they do experience joblessness, they are quicker to find a new job than a non-STEM professional. The National Academy of Sciences, produced a comprehensive report, first in 2005, then reissued in 2007 about the diminishing numbers of students enrolled in STEM majors and reported that “In a world where advanced knowledge is widespread and low-cost labor is readily available, the advantages of the United States in the marketplace and in science and technology have begun to erode” (National Academies Press, 2007). STEM Kids NYC seeks to be a disruptor of this current trend.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Let Off Some STEAM Afterschool!

Our hands-on, student centered afterschool programs apply a differentiated approach to learning STEM in order to enable all students, regardless of their diverse learning styles, to tap into their natural abilities. We meet students where they are. Our programs are offered in communities where STEM programming does not yet exist, including public, charter, and private schools.

Our programs include:
Computer Science
Science
Engineering
Robotics
Creative Technologies (Using Micro:bit, Arduino, Makey Makey, Virtual/Augmented Reality

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

STEM Kids PreK is a weekly program featuring age-appropriate, student-centered Engineering activities, Robotics, and Science activities. Our classes are also infused with art & literacy segments.

Examples of activities:
Engineering cities using recycled materials
Programming robots to learn sequential thinking and to build programming logic.
Engineering car ramps and introducing kinetic and potential energy

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

We offer a 20-week coding bootcamp, for young adults ages 16-25, held two times a week. We are involved in the facilitation of classes that enable approximately 15 participants to leverage JavaScript, APIs, and web frameworks through hands-on projects and real-world computer programming scenarios. Participants showcase their skills to potential employers and peers with a portfolio of websites and applications they built from scratch.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Our summer program is steeped in a project-based, student-centered framework that taps into a student's natural ability to tinker and solve problems. We offer a teen program for ages 13-15 that runs separately from our kids program, which is for ages “mature” 5-12. Four classes segmented by age group run concurrently and on the hour throughout the five day summer program, which runs 8:00am-5:30pm.

Our summer program curriculum offering includes:
Engineering
Computer Science (block coding & programming languages)
Robotics
Creative Technologies (micro:bit, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey, Little Bits)
3D Print & Design
Problem-based Science
Weekly Friday experiential field trips

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

These half-day programs simulate what a day camp looks like. STEM “hack-tivities” are hands-on learning sessions for kids to learn about everything from circuits to robotics. Kids can then apply this knowledge to build functional products. Our weekend programs are held on Saturdays at Columbia University, New York University, and in community centers or with organizations within the neighborhood communities of Harlem, Midtown, Upper West Side, Brooklyn, various towns in New Jersey, and Queens.

Each series focuses on a different theme to hack for the half-day in Engineering, Computer Science, or Creative Tech)
Activities are segmented by age group and learning level to support and extend student abilities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is for our young Scientists, Computer Scientists, Engineers, and Creative Technologists to improve their abilities to develop knowledge constructs around their discovery in the STEM disciplines, by engaging in problem-based activities and participatory action research around issues that occur in their community and the real world. Students will develop proficiency in developing a STEM solution to address those issues that occur within their community. In addition, our goal is to enable our students to develop perseverance, generate continued interest in the disciplines of STEM even after they may experience failure in one or more of their tasks, and develop a lifelong curiosity for learning and discovery.

Further, our goal is for our students to acquire skills in utilizing different forms of inquiry that will allow them to express their understanding and design skillsets in their own creative ways. Further, they will join, upon meeting other STEM professionals, a peer group comprised of a diverse community of lifelong STEM learners who, like them, do STEM and who operate in the realm of being a STEM professional, with a STEM identity. Lastly, our aim is for our students to deepen their skills in the practice of questioning, sense-making, reflection, and making connections with STEM content in the most meaningful of ways.

STEM Kids NYC realizes these goals through strong relationships with the school and communities in which we operate our programs. We collaborate with educators, community leaders, community-based organizations, corporate volunteers, industry partners, to implement programs that enable students to tap into their natural abilities for STEM. Our programs are implemented in schools, community centers, and at Universities, and consist of a combination of after-school and Saturday programs, and day camps during the summer and school holidays. Our STEM Teachers possess proficiencies and graduate-level degrees in one or more STEM disciplines and, through the thorough preparation of lesson planning and assessments, they teach PreK-12 students 21st Century skills in experiential Science, Computer Science (making apps, video games, virtual reality movies, websites), Engineering & design, robotics, and creative technologies. Our program promotes scientific and engineering habits of mind, as well as inspire innovation that transforms failure into mere first attempts at learning new skills.

Our computer programming activities include developing websites using the programming languages, Java (app maker software), and Python (app inventor). Students will also create video games using the coding program Tynker. These activities will promote critical thinking through incorporating project-based learning which taps into the creativity and imagination of students.

The engineering & design activities interlink art, design, and technology into lessons enabling students to use creativity and artistic backgrounds to design product/inventions and allow student multiple modes of learning and access to disciplines that are not normally available in other classes.

STEM literacy is incorporated by using multi-media, writing with English Language Arts and expository writing to maintain lab journals and create presentations to demonstrate knowledge.

Added enhancement is offered to students through field trips to tech companies/competitions providing experiential learning which supports the content and knowledge the students learn in the classroom, as well as exposure/ informal mentorships with STEM professionals.

What sets STEM Kids NYC apart from our competition is:

1. Our People: EVERYONE on our team has mastery in one or more STEM disciplines, and together, we accomplish the learning objectives of our company that support our students in achieving their learning outcomes in our program. Our team has a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Physics and Science Education. Our team possesses undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Creative Technologies. Our Founder has her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Master of Arts in Education, with a K-12 STEM Concentration, and her Ed.M. in Curriculum & Teaching from Columbia Teachers College.

2. Our Culturally responsive teaching and instruction

3. Ability to develop lesson plans that support students' multiple modes of learning

4. Strong relationships with all of our stakeholders: our school partners, our students, our students' families, our donors, and our corporate sponsors.

5. We have a strong volunteer base of 52 volunteers who contribute their STEM mastery in our afterschool programs, our weekend programs, and our summer programs.

To date, STEM Kids NYC has achieved record year over year growth in customer acquisition, customer retention, and business expansion. We currently have 225 students enrolled in our afterschool programs, 12 STEM teachers, 12 school clients, and community-based organization partners. Since our inception, we've expanded our program offering - we now offer STEM PreK and it's going strong after a year in production. In addition, we extended our programming to include young adults up to age 24. For teens and young adults, aged 16-24, we have a 20-week Coding Bootcamp, whereby we teach underemployed or unemployed youth the skills they need to learn a computer programming language and the job readiness skills to insert themselves into the tech space.

Our results as it relates to student achievement is also worth bragging about. 90% of our students share that they want to major in a STEM field and wish to be a STEM professional. We have an overwhelming response from parents who continue to refer us to their children's schools and recommend STEM Kids NYC to other parents. Our referral rate is over 80%. In addition, 83% of our parents claim to see an improvement in their child's behavior in school, along with their academic behaviors to stick with the challenging parts of the school, particularly math and science. We have realized a 98% growth in our afterschool expansion, and 70% of our students are returning students in our weekend and day camp programs.

Financials

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STEM Kids NYC

Board of directors
as of 1/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Yvonne Thevenot

STEM Kids NYC

Term: 2016 - 2023

Tony Jones

Caremark

Johnny Parham

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Dina Jackson

US Department of Homeland Security

David Grandison

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Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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