Samyak Science Society 501(c)(3)

STEAM for all: igniting the STEAM spark for young minds in-need through a new, innovative approach.

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Website: Twitter: @samyakscience

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Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Due to inadequate education, a lack of funds, or not enough STEAM opportunities, many kids in underprivileged areas never get exposed to simple, fun, or meaningful STEAM activities that could spark their interest. By the time they finish primary school, it's already too late. These children lose their interest in STEAM areas and give up. For such kids, college & specialized STEAM careers. We are witnessing this problem first-hand in our state.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We have started the Samyak Science Society, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides and promotes for children. We envision a world where ALL students have the opportunity to be exposed to STEAM learning, regardless of age, gender, social status or ethnicity. This can be possible by creating a learning environment and providing exposure to STEAM in early age. At the Samyak Science Society we are creating free STEAM workshops led by high school and college students to teach and mentor children-in-need. We are creating STEAM kits to donate in public libraries, schools, and clubs where we can reach thousands of students immediately. These kits will be accessible where underprivileged children can get access now to engaging, hands-on content. Our activities and workshops are focused on STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The Samyak Science Society STEAM kit includes 5 activities/objects to represent each letter of STEAM - this approach works very cohesively and has had great success so far.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

Ever since a young age, the Samyak Science Society team has always enjoyed STEAM activities. Whether it was robotics, programming apps, or bubbling science labs, you could find us at museums for hours! Our genuine interest in STEAM and curiosity for the way the world works inspired us to participate in various STEAM competitions. Rishab was named "America's Top Young Scientist" and "Time Magazine's Most influential Teens". Aditya is a successful published science author, researcher, and currently a pre-med student. We realized that not everyone gets opportunities or exposure - that spark for STEAM never ignites. To tackle the education problem, we founded the Samyak Science Society. Through workshops, kits, and other innovative strategies, we envision a world where STEAM can be a possibility for all.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

We are stepping up to make change in education! Join us in our crusade to help educate underprivileged kids in STEAM and solve the world's biggest problems!

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

When a 5-12-year-old child visits their local library and picks up this free STEAM kit, they are holding an opportunity in their hands. The activities in this kit spark their imagination, interest, and curiosity. Further, the STEAM kits are also distributed to rural and under-resourced areas. When we connect the students to this new world of possibility, they are connected to our community workshops. In the "by-student, for student" approach, we are able to help build confidence for younger kids, and help them have a role-model. When meeting with like-minded kids in an engaging environment, we can help the children improve their confidence. Eventually, after reaching our community and state, the Samyak Science Society will expand to provide across the nation through school clubs, organizations, and more.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

We have noticed several paid STEAM programs such as "mad science" or "coding hours" which provide opportunities to pre-interested students with resources. There is little available that is free, and practically nothing reaches underprivileged communities. Through the STEAM kit, we can immediately reach these areas and provide for kids in need. As the organization grows through our community, our kits can be scaled across organization members, and student-advocates across the nation.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Since the formation of the society in November 2018, a series of STEAM workshops have been organized in the community. Over the summer, hands-on, engaging, free workshops have been organized in public parks, libraries and fire stations. Young students have joined in on activities such as programming, making microscope slides, applying math to the Rubik's cube, and more. The workshops were very well-received and our students couldn't wait for more. The Samyak Science Society team has some of the workshop materials and activities sponsored by companies and organizations. These tested, planned activities were arranged in a STEAM kit which now serves over 5,000 kids in a public library.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

Next, we plan to host more workshops and create more kits that can be donated to every library, "Title 1" school, and Boys & Girls Club in the Portland area. We are in the process of expanding our team by recruiting more high school students that can serve as mentors in workshops. We are also partnering with more tech companies who would be willing to donate and sponsor items in the STEAM kits and workshops. After reaching the Portland area, we hope to bring Samyak Science Society chapters across Oregon, and ultimately, the nation.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Marketing Strategy

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors
  • Donations less than $100

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Email

Evaluation results

3 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 66.7%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 66.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 66.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 33.3%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 66.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

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