What’s new in 2019?

As many of you know, STEM++ is a project of MakeKnowledge, a California 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. In 2018, we saw the chance to instantiate the STEM++ ideas in the world of climate action, so we launched Global Climate Changemakers in the Fall of that year, to coincide with the big Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

STEM++ at Singularity U

STEM++ at Singularity U

But that doesn’t mean we’re not working on the core STEM++ project. We have been busy here on a number of fronts, including submitting a raft of grant applications to push parts of this work forward. We admit, it is challenging raising money for a project this ambitious. As this recent article in Social Innovations Journal shows, funders have a far easier time understanding direct service projects than system change / framework change proposals. That has been our experience in the STEM / education space, too.  It would be easier to raise money for an after-school program or new curriculum, than for the STEM++ project which aims at improving the entire STEM education landscape. This does not mean that there are not smaller ways to tackle this big work — there are many ‘sub-projects’ in the STEM++ roadmap that would benefit from smaller grants. But we also know that we need to bring funders along with us to understand the bigger issues underneath the surface phenomena. So we continue to look for patient, curious funders and organizations willing to think big and start small.

On a concrete level, we’re talking with a few different groups at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education to move a few different projects forward. One of these pieces we are particularly excited about is our STEM autobiography project.

At the end of February, we had the chance to present the STEM++ work at Singularity University’s Future of Learning conference. (See pictures below.)

You’ll also see some exciting events and projects coming later this Spring from the Global Climate Changemakers side. As we say above, the STEM++ DNA is baked into that work. That is, if we want to solve climate change, we will need everyone. We need diverse STEM-empowered voices and minds coming together to generate creative ideas for sustainability and resilience. Climate change disproportionally affects marginalized communities, which makes it especially urgent that all voices are included in its solution.

A final note: we have launched a fundraising site and welcome support of any size, as we try to raise $50,000 total in smaller donations. We have been greatly encouraged by the people who have stepped up to donate what they could, and especially impressed by how diverse a group it is. That means a lot, because it shows that the mission of STEM++ is resonating.  Please consider making a donation of whatever size makes sense here: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/makeknowledge2019 . Thank you, and stay tuned for more news this Spring!


Future of Learning and STEM++

Future of Learning and STEM++

STEM++ Comes to Philadelphia!

We are so excited to bring the STEM++ work to Philadelphia on May 17th!

STEM++ believes that new approaches to STEM can radically increase the number of underrepresented students and girls who succeed along STEM pathways from preK through college. Improving the “who” of STEM goes hand-in-hand with improving the “how” and “why” — transforming STEM education through empathy, changemaking, entrepreneurship and creativity.

Our Philadelphia workshop is a chance for people from across the STEM and education ecosystem (teachers and school leaders; funders; nonprofits; STEM professionals and advocates) learn more about the opportunities and obstacles.  We hope you’ll join us.

Register — and learn more — at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stem-philadelphia-workshop-2016-tickets-24819085553 .

Download our beautiful flyer to share here: http://stemplusplus.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/STEM-PHL-Flyer-May-2016.pdf


STEM++ at Ashoka Changemaker School Summit

The STEM++ project is spreading. This past week we had the chance to share the STEM++ work with schools from across the US at the first Ashoka Changemaker School Summit held in Arizona.  Ashoka’s Changemaker Schools effort is part of their work creating an “Everyone a Changemaker” world, which fits very well with the STEM++ values of empathy and entrepreneurship.

Getting to STEM++

STEM++ 2015 is being held at Sacred Heart Schools at 150 Valparaiso Avenue in Atherton, California 94027. We are incredibly thankful to the administration and staff at Sacred Heart for the use of the beautiful Homer Building.

This PDF shows you where to park, and where the Homer Building is:  STEM++ Map.

Learn more about the Homer Building, which “received the first LEED-Platinum rating for a school in the country” on the Sacred Heart Website.


So, who’s coming to STEM++ 2015?

We wanted to give you just a small taste of some of who you’ll meet at STEM++ 2015. Besides our wonderful presenters, you’ll meet people from:

  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools (MD)
  • Ashoka, Korea
  • Ashoka, US
  • Athenian School
  • Build.org
  • Caliber Beta Academy
  • City College of San Francisco
  • College of San Mateo
  • Computer History Museum, Mountain View
  • Girls Middle School
  • HopeLab.org
  • Liberty Union High School
  • Marin Horizon School
  • Math Elf
  • Millennium School, SF
  • Nueva School
  • Oakland Military Institute
  • Omidyar Network
  • Prospect Sierra School, El Cerrito
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco Friends School
  • School of the Madeleine, Berkeley
  • Sierra School, Santa Clara
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Singularity University
  • Sony Global Education
  • The Madeleine School
  • Thrival World Academies
  • UC Berkeley

….and many more!

Updates from Mid-August

We’re so excited to see STEM++ coming together. Our trial balloon meeting in May was such a terrific success — 70 people from 30 different schools and organizations, representing all parts of the Bay Area and all kinds of schools (PreK, elementary, middle, high school, community college, University; public, charter, diocesan, independent).

October is going to be amazing– amazing venue (a school on the mid-Peninsula with plenty of parking, and a beautiful LEED-certified auditorium/cafeteria); great food; and really phenomenal group of people participating.

There’s still time to suggest/lead a breakout conversation. This is not one of those boring conferences where “important” people talk at you.

More news soon on some of our participants.

Bay-Area Assistive Technology Makeathon

Our friends at Google.org let us know about a terrific Makeathon coming up in September, so we’re passing along the information here:

“The goal is to bring together people who understand the needs (the need-knowers) with technologists/makers/hackers/designers/developers and develop product prototypes that could help people with disabilities increase their independence. This video shows the types of projects that were produced in previous events organized by our partners.

This is going to be a 3 day event from September 11-13 with an opportunity to use technology (both software and hardware tools) to make profound impact on people’s lives.

The event application page is here: you are welcome to apply as a participant or to submit a challenge.”