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A roundup of upcoming STEM/STEAM programs you can use to help the students in your life find the next right thing in their STEM explorations.

Culturally STEAMed K-6 Academy

Learn all about Culturally STEAMed K-6 Academy, a new experience to be launched by Urban TEC founder Ina Montgomery this fall. The academy, set to start in September, is made up of three components:

  • Hands-on / engaging STEAM activities
  • Academic tutoring to assist students to be proficient in core subjects
  • The celebration of the contributions/inventions of Black Americans

Find out more at a free information session THIS SATURDAY, Aug. 20.

Register here > 

Nature Discovery ECOS with Green Works in KC

This program for 4th through 8th graders in urban Kansas City encourages young people to step away from the screens and make positive connections with nature and with new friends. The FREE Nature Discovery ECOS program begins its fall sessions on Sept. 10 and continues weekly through Nov. 19. ECOS includes hikes, bird watching, identification of native trees and plants and nature art projects combined with social and emotional learning, mindfulness and journaling.  

Family registration link > 

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Engineering & Making at Wonderscope

It’s never too early to introduce a child to STEM concepts as the team at The Regnier Family Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City well knows. Along with its 30,000 square feet of indoor exploration and half acre of outdoor adventure, the nonprofit children’s museum offers two hands-on workshops specifically focused on STEM learning.

See how Henderson Engineering is teaming up with the museum for monthly workshops with engineering pros:

Read more >
Upcoming opportunities to connect and collaborate with others in Kansas City's STEM learning ecosystem.

Head shots of Christina Chandler and Andrea Ellis
8/31: Keystone Sessions: 'Beyond the Gap' 

Learn how to create your own framework for action

The Keystone Innovation District's Keystone Sessions offer those interested in new ideas a chance to gather in a casual setting to listen to speakers, engage with panels, and meet one-on-one with leaders in the community. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 31, join KC STEM Alliance's Christina Chandler and Kansas City Action Fund's Andrea Ellis to learn about "Beyond the Gap," a solutions-oriented approach to moving beyond the racial gap and increasing access to STEM education in PK-12. You'll get a firsthand introduction to a Framework for Action that can help schools, communities and regions develop a plan of work and act.

The sessions take place 4-8 p.m. at the Keystone CoLAB, 800 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo. Food and drinks will be provided.

Register here >

9/13: aSTEAM Village NSBE Jr. STEM Day

Organizations with STEM outreach activities to share are invited to reserve space at the National Society of Black Engineers Jr. Community STEM Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Royals Urban Youth Academy.

Learn more >



9/21: You're invited to a STEAMstorm

9-11 a.m. at the IDEA Space KC

Before digging into logistics for Remake Learning Days in Kansas City in 2023, the regional planning team is setting aside some time to dream big and brainstorm ways to build momentum and awareness. All who are interested are welcome!

Bonus: Enjoy meeting in the newly opened Dan and Cassidy IDEA Space KC, with an optional short tour to follow. The IDEA Space KC's mission is to build a mutually supportive space in south Kansas City where students and educators explore Innovation, Discovery, Entrepreneurship and Arts through consistent, ongoing learning experiences.

Register here >

10/18: KC STEM Summit 2022

KC STEM Summit 2022, brought to you by KC STEM Alliance, is your opportunity to connect, collaborate and communicate with colleagues from other organizations offering STEM- or STEAM-related experiences in the Kansas City region and the organizations that support this work. Save the date and stay tuned for additional details.

A monthly look at professional development, tools you can use and STEM programming to explore.

Jackson County grants for Science City

A grant from Jackson County provides funding this fall for up to 6,000 student scholarships for Science City field trips or Science City on the Road Stage Shows, plus an additional 1,000 student scholarships to experience Union Station’s touring exhibitions. 

Scholarship visits are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and are available to student’s grades K-12 for Title I schools who receive 50 percent or more free or reduced lunches, in Jackson County, Mo. 

Fall scholarship applications are due by Friday, Oct. 2, and all visits must be completed by Friday, Dec. 2, 2022.

Apply here >

10/2: Science City presents Educator STEM FEST 

Educator STEM Fest brings together STEM education organizations to share programs and opportunities for educators and their schools—from field trip ideas to classroom resources. Join educators from around the region in Union Station's Grand Plaza to gather inspiration and new ideas. Local Master Teachers also will share hands-on demonstrations of their lessons and give a taste of ScienceWISE courses.

Register here >

CHIPS and Science Act recognizes value of STEM Learning Ecosystems


The recently signed CHIPS and Science Act includes funding to scale best practices in STEM education. The $52 billion bipartisan plan is designed to reinvigorate research, development and innovation and recognizes the value of STEM Learning Ecosystems as part of the solution. STEM learning ecosystems will be eligible to apply for National Science Foundation funding through a new K-12 STEM grant program.

See the details >

Kansas City Royals recognize STEM educators

Thanks to the Kansas City Royals for celebrating STEM education during a home stand earlier this month. STEM-related organizations including WeCodeKC, aSTEAM Village and Girl Scouts were celebrated along with the KC STEM Alliance.

As part of the celebration, Kansas City Public School’s Ericka Mabion was honored with the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat in recognition of her advocacy for STEM students and her Project Lead The Way Administrator of the Year award. Congratulations!


Celebrate Black Engineers, Inventors & Innovators

10 a.m.-Noon, Friday, Sept. 16

Join aSTEAM Village in a celebration of Black Engineers, Inventors, and Innovators at the historic GEM Theater. Cynthia Newsome will moderate a fireside chat with the co-founders of the National Society of Black Engineers. Special guest James Howard, Executive Director of the Black Inventors Hall of Fame, will introduce the premiere of his short documentary, "Black Inventors Got Game," which highlights four African American inventors and their groundbreaking contributions to the toy and game industry.

This free event will also be the very last time the Traveling Trunk of African American & Latino Inventors will be on display in Kansas City. The assets of this world-renowned archive of black inventors, inventions and patents will be turned over to the National Black Inventors Hall of Fame Museum. 

Register here >


FIRST ENERGIZE season arrives

The Power is Yours!

From the machines that move us to the food that sustains us to the wireless technologies that connect us, energy plays an essential role in keeping our world running. During the 2022-23 robotics season, FIRST® teams will reimagine the future of sustainable energy and power their ideas forward. Follow for information about volunteer opportunities and more.

Up next:

8-20: How to start a FIRST LEGO League Team Workshop

Learn more and register:

9-10: FIRST Tech Challenge Game Reveal

Join the KC STEM Alliance team!

The KC STEM Alliance team is growing! We’re looking for three consultants to help support our work, including event and communications/marketing support plus a STEM Outreach Consultant focused specifically on our work with Project Lead The Way.

See the details for each position >

Join the STEM Connect-KC Network

Is your organization listed in STEM Connect-KC? This is the place to find others working in or supporting STEM (and STEAM!) education in the Kansas City region, plus events, competitions, scholarships, educator professional development and more.

Joining the directory ensures you receive invitations for meetings and events happening in the STEM learning community. The Events Calendar is free and open to all to promote STEM events and activities, scholarships, summer camps and more.

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