STEAMUS

STEAMUS is a non-profit organization run by kids helping children find their passion through STEAM.

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  • Technology

Date You Started Your Project Started

6/3/19

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

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

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

The problem STEAMUS is solving is the lack of STEAM based education across the nation. I want to help underprivileged kids be able to learn and follow their passion.

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

I am planning on solving this problem through proper, yet simple, ways of understanding how to code and/or any other things they want to learn which falls under STEAM. We could hold 1-3 day bootcamps teaching each part of STEAM until they find something they seem interested in.

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

I want to start STEAMUS because I always was fascinated by STEAM. I was always intrigued by each part of it, especially the Technology and Engineering part, but it was only recently that I decided to follow that path. This was because I never really had the opportunity to follow and experience the other fields and see what I was most interested in. I don't want the next generation to have to think that they are only tied to one field because thats what their parents did. This would result in them being forced to show interest to a single category which they have to follow for the rest of their lives without truly experiencing everything else.

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

When someone gets involved with STEAMUS in one of our bootcamps, they will be taught the basics of each path of STEAM. For Science, we would run simple scientific experiments and watch videos about certain topics with a little mini quiz at the end to show the students how science is apart of everything we know. For Technology we would mostly be focused on small coding sessions with kid based coding platforms such as Scratch or Code.org to show the students how fun coding is. For engineering we would hold small architerural competitions, such as "Tallest Tower" or "Strongest Bridge" challenges which shows the students how engineering is involved in our everyday life. For Art we would do small art projects and statue building to show the kids how art has different shapes and isn't always just "coloring." For Math we would hold little math competitions and include little mini-games.

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

Something different we are going to do with STEAMUS is try to focus on the elementary to middle schoolers. By focusing on only the younger generation, I believe we would really play a key part on what path they would choose as a profession from science to math fields. Of course they could always find something else that interests them along the way to college but the main point of STEAMUS is to show each student every positive part of STEAM till the student is comfortable with what path they have in mind.

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

I will know I am making a difference when I actually am helping another person how to code and describing showing what a big difference they are making in this world and slowly move to high school/college students after solidifying a strong curriculum and get comfortable with teaching people.

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

One thing I want to do with STEAMUS is work and specialize in categories other than just Technology, Math, and Engineering, as those are my strong fields. I also want to help other children outside of my school district, or even my state, and help them pursue technology in their own way. One thing I had in mind was focusing on big cities around where I live like D.C. and Richmond.

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

  • Project Plan & Strategy

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

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Recommended by others
  • Participated in previous Ashoka challenges
  • Email
  • Word of mouth

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Hi Atri. It's awesome that you want to tells other about your passion for STEM and inspire others to feel the same. I totally agree with Anne in finding ways to sustain the impact you already have through these bootcamps. Establishing mentors is a great idea given by Anne. :)

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