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Apply now for Educator STEM Fest booth space

Do you offer programming related to the STEM fields? Sign up now to promote your resources and programs to hundreds of KC-area educators during Science City's Educator STEM Fest, set for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 2, at Kansas City's Union Station.

More than 400 educators attended in 2019 and organizers anticipate record attendance this fall. Registration is FREE and includes a booth space plus the opportunity to include information on a take-home flash drive for each educator. Booth reservations will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Register by Friday, July 29.  Register here >

Join your peers in a learning community

Does your organization provide STEM programming in an afterschool setting in Missouri? If so, check out this invitation to apply to Missouri AfterSchool Network's 2022-23 STEM Peer Learning Community. Participants will receive 1:1 coaching, curated STEM playlists and the opportunity to network with peers. 

Who qualifies? Anyone who provides STEM education in the afterschool setting. That means everyone from frontline staff to STEM coordinators and educators, teachers, and program directors/coordinators who lead STEM education activities directly with youth. 

Find the details and apply here >


Save the date: aSV NSBE Jr. STEM Day

aSTEAM Village will host its second National Society of Black Engineers Jr. Community STEM Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 and welcomes organizations to bring in STEM/STEAM activities to share with youth from the Kansas City metropolitan area. The event takes place at the Royals Urban Youth Academy.

Reserve your booth space >



A call to action: Moving beyond the racial gap

To better understand how we can move beyond the racial gap when it comes to STEM education, the KC STEM Alliance has a new tool you and your organization can use to better understand the issues and create a framework for action.

This analysis of conversations with a panel of 20 teachers, students, STEM program leaders, STEM professionals and more can help you:

  • better understand the barriers that perpetuate inequity in STEM;
  • gain insight into practical ways people navigate those barriers; and
  • create your own framework for action.
Download the report and see series recap >


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 this September. 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 >


Free Engineering Challenges

FREE resource alert: DiscoverE has five weeks of fun challenges created by professional engineers. Download a free journal, watch virtual chats and try their hands-on projects. You can sign up for a weekly email reminder, too.

Sign up here >

Cheers to 15 years of FIRST & PLTW in KC!

A celebration of two best-practice programs

Kansas City is celebrating 15 years of student engagement with best-practice STEM programs in and out of the classroom. An investment from the Kauffman Foundation introduced Project Lead The Way and FIRST Robotics to the community to help build the problem-solving skills students need to be well prepared for jobs in STEM and beyond. In 2011, the KC STEM Alliance was founded to carry forward this work.

Data analyzed by the Urban Education Research Center finds the programs to be as effective as they are engaging. See the highlights in this two-page report.

Thanks to Cyderes for hosting a fun celebration that included (pictured above, from left): David Dimmett, Interim President & CEO of Project Lead The Way; Martha McCabe, KC STEM Alliance Executive Director; Erica Fessia, Vice President of Global Field Operations for FIRST; Aaron North, Vice President of Education at the Kauffman Foundation; Kevin Truman, Vice Provost and Dean of the School of Science & Engineering at University of Missouri-Kansas City; and Randy Watson, Commissioner of Education for the state of Kansas.


ASCE Golf Tourney supports KC STEM work

Want to support career exploration through PLTW and enjoy a round of golf at the same time? Sign up now for the American Society of Civil Engineers Younger Members Group's 16th Annual Golf Tournament set for Friday, Aug. 5, at Shoal Creek Golf Course.

Proceeds from the day will help sponsor KC STEM Alliance's Civil Engineering and Architecture Day! Sponsorships are also available.

Learn more and register here >

Find out how to start a FIRST LEGO League team!

Find out what’s involved with starting a FIRST LEGO League team for young people in kindergarten through 8th grade during these free informational sessions at the KC STEM Alliance offices on Saturday, Aug. 20.

The schedule:

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: FIRST LEGO League Explore (grades K-3)
12:30 to 1 p.m.: Break
1 to 2:30 p.m.: FLL Challenge (grades 3-8)

You can attend one or both sessions, which are designed to help you understand what’s required to start a team at your school, youth organization or neighborhood group. 

Learn more and register:

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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