Below is the most recent information submitted by each STEMpact2020 partner.
If your organization or company is not listed below, please join in the connecting by letting us know what you are doing to engage STEM professionals with youth (see examples below).
These updates are helpful in connecting mentors to opportunities.
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STEM Updates (last updated May 3, 2016)
Youth Serving Organizations
Upward Bound Math and Science
- UBMS is planning to host the EOA National Girls in STEM Conference May 20-22nd at Wichita State University. Opportunities will be available for sponsorships and volunteer activities.
- UBMS is working with participants to connect with potential mentors for senior science projects at Wichita North High School and Wichita Northeast Magnet High School.
Upward Bound Wichita College Prep
We set up interactive career exploration opportunities. STEM professionals coordinate with-in their companies/department/ field to provide a hand-on workshop or lab activity so our students get to experience first-hand where a career in STEM might lead to.
Kansas STARBASE – Wichita
We are currently in discussions with Brooks Middle School and the Genius Club at Andover Central Middle Schools regarding a “STARBASE 2.0” outreach program. This program would allow us to bring STARBASE directly into the middle school. We anticipate being at each middle school for one hour each week during the 2016-17 school year.
STABASE has hosted STEM events at Buckner, Colvin, and Wineteer Elementary, and assisted with a STEM event with McConnell AFB Family Support group.
Wichita Center for the Arts and the Girl Scouts have been given tours of the STARBASE classrooms and observed our class instructors. We are working with both groups to bring STARBASE instructors and programs into some of their STEM outreach initiatives.
Pando Initiative (formerly CIS) (Wichita Southeast High School)
- STEM Lunch and Learn: Spirit Aerosystems STEM professionals come out to school site for the students’ lunch period and students learn about their jobs in STEM field. Creates dialogue about what it takes to get to where they are– what classes/internships/networks/relationships prepared them for a career in STEM.
- STEMpact 2020 Mentor Match: Minority female bio-medical engineer student matched with 5-6 minority,young women aspiring engineering students (some in PLTW). Meets weekly to discuss college scholarships/opportunities/job placement for minority women in STEM
- Community STEM Night/SEHS STEM Enrollment Fair: Develop and deliver an interactive, hands-on STEM experience to create awareness of the importance of STEM education in the community. Provide an opportunity for middle and high school students to meet and interact with professionals in STEM field by doing hands-on STEM activities. Couple hands-on STEM activity, with STEM Course Catalog of classes available at SEHS/WATC to further STEM education desires which lead to STEM job opportunities. Create opportunity for parent engagement– Allowing parents to ask questions about Enrollment and STEM career pathways with school staff; create dialogue for STEM classes offered for students at school. Partner with Spirit Aerosystems, MAKE ICT, WATC, WSU-School of Engineering, SEHS, and CIS.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
- In December of 2015, KSBBBS was notified that we were awarded the 2016 Kansas STEM Initiative grant from the Kansas Volunteer Commission. This funding originates from the Corporation for National and Community Service to increase the number of STEM mentors serving the youth of Kansas. KSBBBS was awarded $20,000 with a required $20,000 match to serve 70 youth in seven counties across the state, including Sedgwick County. KSBBBS will partner with local universities/community college STEM Departments and STEM corporations for the recruitment of mentors and the delivery of STEM education opportunities. This is the 2nd year that KSBBBS has been a recipient of these funds!
- Received the curriculum from FHSU as part of our KVC Grant.
- Partnership with WESTAR continues in Topeka and we still hope to build the relationship with the local branch so we can do a similar program in Wichita.
- Continue to work with Cargill for STEM financial support and recruitment of volunteers.
- We have added a BioMedical component with PLTW’s BioMed curriculum to our health science pathways at North and Northeast Magnet High Schools.
- An idea I have had is to use radio control cars as a club or part of a curriculum, using rc cars students could learn electrical, gear ratios, angles, friction, etc.
- I would love to have a STEM professional come out each Monday to either talk with my students about their career or to just spend time with them
- I want a Wichita corporation to sponsor a time constrained design competition like the IED lesson “Deep dive 1.5” utilizing actual design company facilities, shops, talent etc.
- Our after school MInecraft club will be exploring more coding and virtual circuit designs in our challenges this year.
- Our Project Based Learning class a.k.a. Game Design will be following the Design Process to prototype their own game board.
- Showcase the latest in research and development aimed at a student audience by engineers and researchers in the field, aka my STEM Lecture Series.
- Build access to visit every major college offering STEM related degrees so students may visit the college and truly get a feel for which college they are interested in attending.
- Provide a series of expert mentors for my seniors and sophomores during projects so that they can accomplish their goals.
- Involve students in larger professional organizations such as ASME, AIAA, IEEE, etc. and have them build their own network of engineering/job connections.
- Provide an established media connection to showcase my students to the larger community with their projects and accomplishments.
- Create a guidance/advice group for myself which specializes in computer science and manufacturing. This group will represent all levels. It will be representative of elementary, middle school, high school, college, and professional.
- Create and track my alumni group to send out updates and encourage former students to become involved as well continue to provide motivation to achieve their goals in post-secondary.
Kansas Girl Scouts
- We have a 6 week coding module for community based program and a 6 week STEM module for our community based program for K-5 that need STEM mentors.
- We are developing STEM kits to be checked out or used by our partners which we need STEM professionals to advise.
- Maker Mondays now includes a kids activity! This is a perfect opportunity for a mentor to either lead children in a project (this past Monday was Art Bots) or do a demonstration. Maker’s Monday is every other Monday evening 7pm-9pm.
- We assisted Spirit Aerosystems with STEM night at Southeast HS on January 27th. We will be participating in the Society of Women Engineers Engineering EXPO on Saturday February 20. Planning has begun for our River Fest activities at Kids Korner and STEAM City. Planning for the 2nd Wichita Maker Faire at Exploration Place on July 30-31 has started.
Wichita Center for the Arts
The Wichita Center for the Arts is planning a summer full of STEAM (STEM plus Art) camps in order to expand our educational offerings for youth ages 6 – 12 and create a well-rounded summer curriculum for all interests. We have collaborated with many WSU Professors, area researchers, and local educators in both STEM and Arts fields as part of our “STEAM Team”. We have also matched our curriculum goals to that of the Next Generation of Science Standards curriculum.
We are still looking for volunteers in area STEM fields who would be interested in visiting our classrooms in the afternoons this summer to talk with students about their experiences in STEM careers and participate in STEAM projects. Each camp will run Monday through Friday and are scheduled from 1 – 4 p.m.
Our 2016 STEAM camp week dates are as follows: May 30 – June 3 | June 13 – 17 | June 20 – 25 | June 27 – July 1 | July 11 – 15 | July 18 – 22 | July 25 – 29 | August 1 – 5
Industry and Professional Groups
We are a group of individuals who have a common interest in web and software development. Our skill levels vary greatly, from complete beginners to seasoned veterans. We welcome anyone with a curiosity for programming.
We strictly enforce a Code of Conduct to provide all of our members a safe and inclusive environment. We aim to educate, empower and connect developers in the Wichita area.
This group is a good way to get in touch with the developer community of Wichita if you are looking for volunteers or wanting to network.
Recurring Events – *Minors are welcome but must be accompanied by a guardian*
Level Up – Bi-weekly, every other Monday, at the Makerspace. – Event for self-directed learning. Bring your laptop and start learning. We provide the space and the mentors to provide guidance and answer questions.
Dev Talks – Monthly, every last Thursday, usually at the Labor Party – This event features a presentation on various development related topics. This is an opportunity to share knowledge and get exposure to all kinds of new technologies, languages, tools, and more.
Code & Coffee – Every Thursday morning beginning at 7:00am at the Labor Party. – Informal get together. Bring your laptop, enjoy some coffee, and hang out with other developers, and get some coding done. Come whenever, leave whenever. Sometimes there are donuts.
Women Who Code
We are the Wichita Chapter of Women Who Code, which is a U.S. based 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. We connect amazing women with other like minded amazing women around the globe who unite under one simple notion – the world of technology is much better with women in it.
We are looking to find other groups in the community that also deal with Women/Girls in STEM for potential collaborations. Please contact us if that’s you!
Recurring Events – *Minors are welcome but must be accompanied by a guardian*
-WWC Workshop Wednesday – Monthly, the first Wednesday of every month, usually at the MakerSpace – This event features a presentation or workshop on some sort of coding related topic such as a language, platform, tool, etc.
Events we are interested in doing sometime in the future:
-Participating in Hour of Code.
-Partnering with the Wichita Public Library and devICT to do a series of classes on “My kid wants to code. Now what?” aimed at parents of kids who are interested in coding.
-A series of wearable tech classes for girls.
Young professionals of Wichita
- We have a mentoring program that pairs young professionals with college students. This year’s class includes 8 pairs, and STEM disciplines represented in the mentees include accounting, health science, chemistry, and radiation technology.
We have a STEM Mentoring Team of 12 people that are tasked with designing and implementing our STEM activities. Bonus points are given for recruiting other mentors in the organization.
– Northeast Magnet Project (Year-long, real world project) 4 Seniors – 5 Mentors
– Spoke at East HS Intro to Engineering Classes
– Hosted 8 East High School Students for tour and lunch
– Preparing for exhibit at STEAM City – Riverfest
– Planning Summer Workshops
– Hosting an Urban League Group
– Completed Girls Who Code Club at Gordan Parks Academy
– Strategy on how to do more Code.Org activities in elementary schools
Spirit was the presenting sponsor of Society of Women Engineers’ Engineering Expo on February 20. This year Expo attendance was over 1200 kids from K-8, doubling the attendance record in 2015. Several of STEMPact2020 coalition organizations had booths at the event. The event was a great success exposing students to fun, hands-on engineering activities.
In February, Spirit also had employees volunteer with Shocker Lego Mindstorms and serve as mentors for Engineer for a Day.
Spirit was one of the sponsors for Junior Achievement’s STEM Symposium on April 11. Two Spirit employees presented on the company and STEM career opportunities and ate lunch with the students for further discussion.
We have an Employee Committee that organizes a company volunteer event about once a month.
We have done Lunch and Learns at high schools in the area and we would be willing to do that again with other schools or organizations.
We are planning to have some educators and some students shadow some of our software developers in the near future.
At our Wichita facility, we have formed a STEM council with about 15 team members.
In May Wolters Kluwer STEM Council members participated in the final session of Coder Meetup session (code blooded), here is the picture of the last Code Blooded session. Also, some of our Women STEM professionals attended the mentoring breakfast at the National Girls in STEM conference that was held at Wichita State University.
In June we participated in the STEAM City Wichita Riverfest event. Wolters Kluwer setup a booth called Keep Calm and Teach Code to teach children how to code.
During 2015-16, Wolters Kluwer has also: conducted software development learning sessions at the Wichita East High School, volunteered for an hour of code event at Jardine Middle School.
Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation recently announced a $3.75 million investment in GoCreate, a makerspace on the new WSU Innovation Campus. Here, students and members of our community will have the opportunity to innovate and create using advanced equipment in the areas of 3-D printing, electronics and design software, just to name a few. We are excited to bring this initiative to Wichita this fall!