Create STEM

STEM

How can we inspire the next generation of STEM workers and create a more inclusive workforce?

STEM FACTS:

When it comes to education, U.S. students are:

  • 27th in Math
  • 20th in Science

According to the Pew Research Center.

When it comes to growth, U.S. STEM jobs will:

  • Create 650,000 new jobs by 2018
  • Increase 17% between 2014 and 2024

All of this makes the next generation of STEM workers vital to our economy.

When it comes to diversity, the STEM workforce is:

  • 75% Male
  • 70% White

This highlights a lack of diversity in this crucial sector.

Our Mission:

To bring about diversity and social change in STEM education and technology by creating exposure to STEM, providing engagement in STEM, and inspiring young individuals to explore STEM studies.

CREATE: Music

CREATE: Music consists of four highly interactive, educational labs where students learn about the relationship between STEM and music. This innovative, interactive technique allows all students to be engaged in a unique way.

1. Design

In the design lab, students explore how design constraints shape and form music. From song and scale structure to instrument timbre and volume, design shapes our musical experiences. Students also design and customize their own musical instruments to be fabricated on-site.

2. Prototype

In the prototype lab, students learn about various manufacturing techniques and their applications. The models customized by the students from the design lab are then printed on-site by our 3D printers. At the end of the day, each student gets to go home with a custom musical instrument!

3. Engineer

The engineering lab presents students with a hands-on electrical engineering experience. Students snap magnetic modules together to create their own electronic synthesizers as they learn about scales, waves, and mathematical modeling techniques.

4. Code

The code lab gives students an interactive playground to explore musical concepts like song structures, scales, and chords while learning to code in a visual programming language. Expert instruction and plenty of free coding time allow students to explore their interests in coding.

Our kids were highly engaged and the information was well received. I appreciated it so much and hope we can have another outing next school year!
Wes Johnson