She could build the
next Mars rover.
Kid Spark gives her the confidence and skills to make it possible.
Kid Spark Education is a nonprofit organization working with educators to provide fun, hands-on engineering education programs that help all children, especially children from underrepresented communities, develop STEM identity and technology fluency.
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 programs:
Start young and don't stop
The most effective way to close the STEM achievement 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 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 is based in San Diego, California. Our programs have been adopted in over 1200 educational institutions in 49 states. Clients include school systems, libraries, nonprofits, and after-school educational programs.
Board of Directors
Executive Director & Trustee
Founder & Board Chair
Secretary & Trustee
Treasurer & Trustee
Michael W. Hager, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Senior VP of Client Services
Vice President of Education
Director of Client Services & Professional Learning
Senior Client Services Representative
Education Client Services Specialist