Mission statement

We aim to inspire 1 million more students to become college graduates in STEM fields by 2025.


Motivating thoughts

"We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet."
- Margaret Mead

"...we hope to avail the State of those talents which nature has sown as liberally among the poor as the rich, but which perish without use if not sought for and cultivated." 
- Thomas Jefferson

“The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.”
- G.K. Chesterton


Problems

  • A “digital divide” exists for millions of students who lack access to resources that can nurture their enthusiasm for STEM-related subjects.
  • Learning about technology can be hard, and making the leap from beginner-level to proficiency is often ill-defined and poorly facilitated.

    How our curriculum tackles these problems

Facts

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are projected to increase by about 1 million jobs by 2022, but the number of American college graduates qualified and expected to fill these roles is still falling short.
  • The U.S. Department of Education reports that “only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in math and interested in a STEM career. Even among those who do go on to pursue a college major in the STEM fields, only about half choose to work in a related career.”  
  • The most recent report from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) ranked the U.S. 35th out of 64 countries in math and 27th in science. Among the 35 countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the U.S. ranked 27th in math and 20th in science.
  • A recent report published by the National Science Foundation found that students from underprivileged backgrounds continue to lag behind their more privileged peers, limiting them from opportunities to be exposed to and to grow in STEM subjects that can lead to intellectually stimulating and rewarding careers.