From Kinder to Engineer
Kid Spark's STEM program will give her the confidence and skills to make it possible.
A San Diego–based nonprofit with a national reach, Kid Spark Education believes every child deserves access to STEM education that can change their lives. We help elementary and middle schools disrupt the pattern of educational inequity by providing STEM education early and consistently to all their students. By giving kids of all backgrounds and abilities an equal chance to learn and love STEM, we are nurturing a next generation of successful professionals, bold thinkers, and passionate leaders.
Our audacious goal: to see STEM education in every elementary school classroom in the United States by 2030.
Seeing one's self as capable of learning and understanding science, technology, engineering, and math.
The confidence and skills to creatively author with technology to solve real-world problems and design new solutions.
Our mission is to help all children prepare for a lifetime of interest in science and technology.
Three principles guide our STEM programs:
Early, regular exposure to STEM is essential
The most effective way to close the STEM opportunity gap is to expose young children to STEM subjects as soon as they enter their first classroom and to continue offering applied STEM experiences every year. Kid Spark programs do just that. They are designed to follow children through their entire elementary and middle-school careers, starting with preschoolers and continuing with progressive STEM learning all the way through 8th grade.
Having a teacher who is an instructor, role model, and STEM program mentor all in one is critical. Teachers who serve as STEM mentors ensure that students stay at their learning edge, the zone where skills and fluency may be just shy of what’s required to accomplish the task at hand. A STEM mentor’s encouragement can mean the difference between a child giving up on STEM and excelling in STEM.
Make it easy and affordable
Schools often struggle with the traditionally high cost and complexity of STEM education programs. Kid Spark Education provides sustainable and easily managed STEM education programs for less than $45 per child over the course of their PK-8 education by utilizing existing teaching staff, existing classroom facilities, and reusable and long-lasting materials.
Kid Spark Education STEM programs have been adopted in all 50 states and over a dozen countries around the world. Clients include school systems, libraries, nonprofits, and out-of-school educational programs. Kid Spark is headquartered in San Diego, California.
Board of Directors
Chair & Acting CEO
Trustee & Secretary
Michael W. Hager, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Chief Education Officer
Vice President of Client Support and Administration
Office Administration & Client Services