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Who are we?

Our mission is to inspire and motivate Black and Latinx youth to be creative critical thinkers who use STEAM to develop solutions to real world problems such as climate change, public safety, and poverty.

Youth develop creativity, problem solving, and collaboration skills as they see how a variety of STEAM pathways can be used to create the future they deserve.

Why STEAM?

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The “grand challenges” of our time—such as providing clean water, controlling carbon emissions, designing new medicines, and securing cyberspace—all require STEM-based solutions - (National Academy of Engineering, 2016). Yet, the majority of badging programs and STEM learning spaces target middle and high schoolers, and most funding for STEM education is tied to “workforce development” and the latter years of schooling. (Donohue & Schomburg, 2017).

Hands-on science gets neglected in high-poverty elementary schools. Students in these schools are much less likely than their peers in wealthier schools to experience hands-on activities in science. More than half miss out on these critical opportunities to build early interest and mastery.

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Teachers in high-poverty elementary schools are also most likely to say that they lack the materials they need to teach. Only 44 percent of fourth-graders in the highest-poverty schools, compared with 61 percent of their peers in the lowest-poverty schools, have teachers who report having “all” or “most” of the resources they need to teach STEM.

Our Programs

Planting the Seed

Our in-school and after-school program that develops student’s ability to use STEAM to uplift their community. Students use various STEAM pathways such 3D design, coding, or painting to develop solutions to real world problems.

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For the Greater Good

Professional development and project-based social justice curriculum that supports educators as they provide their students with an engaging and liberating 21st century education.

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Brick by Brick

By partnering with community organizations we are using STEAM to build youth’s confidence, connections, and capability to reshape the community.

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Impact

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Our Team

Jacob Adams

Jacob Adams

Founder, Executive Director

Sheryl Quock

Sheryl Quock

Director of Programs

Thomas Figueroa

Thomas Figueroa

Director of Instruction

Rachel Wang

Rachel Wang

Developer, Facilitator

Testimonials

I’ve noticed some great things STTF does with my students. I’ve seen students come out of their shells and really want to participate with the STEM activities. It helps their personality, their imagination, helps them broaden their horizon, and helps them do things they wouldn’t normally do. I’ve really enjoyed working with STEM to the Future.

- Kindergarten Teacher ICEF Innovation

STEM to the Future has had a huge impact on our school community. Students are engaged during each session. They have a wonderful time collaborating, they develop problem solving skills and most importantly they utilize their creativity. Students are looking at their community and using STEAM to impact the Future. Students are empowered to understand they can make a difference. That’s done with great instructors and project-based learning.

-Principal Alta Loma Elementary