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Tuesday, August 13, 2013


STEM has been a hot topic in Kansas City this summer!  Area students have spent the last two months inventing, building and creating. From hanging out with First Lady Michelle Obama on a Google Hangout to app camps and STEM camps, learning hands-on about the science of power and energy, students are learning hands-on about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and the ever-growing demand for highly skilled professionals in our local workforce.

Our mission is to inspire more students in the Kansas City region to get involved in STEM at an early age. Working together will allow us to target limited resources where they are most needed, strengthen STEM programs across the community and serve as a vital source of information and research.

Laura Loyacono

Spotlight: Google+ Hangout

Connecting Continents: Kansas City Students Talk STEM with First Lady Michelle Obama during Google+ Hangout with First Lady Michelle

50 Kansas City middle and high school students had the opportunity to talk with the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama on June 29 -- via a Google Fiber connection, or Hangout, at the Fiber Space. While in Africa, Mrs. Obama spent much of her time talking to and hearing from young people about the importance of education.

The group of KC students that participated in the Google+ Hangout have spent their summer breaks building motors, creating electricity, programming robots, setting up wind turbines and developing web and mobile apps; they’re campers from a variety of local summer KC STEM Alliance (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) camps.


White House Blog

Spotlight: Get Into Energy 2013

Energy Camp Inspires KC Students to Enter STEM Fields

KCP&L, UMKC and KC STEM Alliance team up to offer Get Into Energy Camp

The annual Get Into Energy camp, sponsored by KCP&L, the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Computing and Engineering and KC STEM Alliance kicked off the summer with Kansas City middle school students who spent three days building circuits, motors, and setting up wind turbines – all in the name of science. The camp is designed to keep local students interested in science and math classes and ultimately careers in energy. The camp was held June 25-27 at UMKC.


Kansas City FIRST Update

KC FIRST® Update

Registration is open for FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST LEGO League (FLL) 2013-2014 season!

FIRST Tech Challenge
2013-2014 season


Junior FIRST LEGO League DISASTER BLASTERSM season registration is now open!

Project Lead the Way - Kansas City Update

Project Lead the Way pilots new tech engineering course in area high school with partners Cerner and KC STEM Alliance

Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading non-profit provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum and professional development to middle and high schools, announced earlier this year that approximately 50 teachers nationwide, including 18 teachers and schools from the Greater Kansas City region, are participating in the curriculum development of a new PLTW course, Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE). The course will be piloted this fall at select participating schools. The course will be available to all PLTW schools in the 2014-2015 school year.

Project Lead the Way Senior Showcase at Union Station

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City Star Michael Murdock (left), a senior at Summit Technology Academy and Grandview High School, shows Liberty High School senior, Michael Murdock, both 18, his invention on Thursday, April 18, as part of the Project Lead the Way Senior Showcase at Union Station in Kansas City. Murdock’s invention is called the “Peacemaker,” intended for police as an intimidation compliance device that has 7.8 million volts of electricity.


In the News

Summer app camp no longer is just for guys

Lindsey Butler wants to catch computer hackers in the act, animate movies like “How to Train Your Dragon” and maybe even make a game as fun as Angry Birds.

This week, 17-year-old Butler is the only girl in a classroom full of 19 students huddled around computers, and she’s used to it. At Liberty High School, Butler has taken web design and engineering classes, and being one of few women in the room comes with the territory.

“You come here and expect it to be mostly guys,” she said.


About Us

The vision of the KC STEM Alliance is to see that a diverse, innovative and sustainable STEM workforce becomes a reality.

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New Manager of STEM Initiatives

KC STEM Alliance welcomes Martha McCabe as the newest member of its team! Martha will lead efforts to build and increase KC STEM Alliance’s network of educators, business affiliates and organizations to connect area resources to support K-12 STEM education initiatives to advance STEM workforce progress and economic development in our community.

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We're Hiring

KC STEM Alliance is hiring a FIRST Robotics Program Specialist
Job #11066

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PLTW® Elementary coming fall 2014

Preparing students for the global economy.
Now even earlier.

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STEM Stats in KC

52.2 percent of STEM jobs in Kansas City require a bachelor's degree or higher

$80,680 is the average pay for STEM jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree

Top 10 STEM industries in Kansas City are health diagnostics and treatment; computers; finance; construction; engineering; health technology; business operations; operations specialties; vehicle and mobile mechanics, installation and repair; and “other” management.

99,000 jobs in the Kansas City area required specified knowledge in engineering

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Source: Stafford, Diane. "STEM jobs account for about 1 in 5 Kansas City area jobs." The Kansas City Star, July 10 2013. 22 July 2013.

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Inspiring students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Dreaming about becoming an engineer, a scientist, or another STEM professional begins with understanding what people in those careers actually do every day. The KC STEM Alliance wants to promote career awareness by connecting students with real professionals.

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