She could build the

next Mars rover.

 

Kid Spark's STEM programs will give her the confidence and skills to make it possible.

Kid Spark Education is a nonprofit social enterprise committed to helping preK-8th grade educators across the country and the world bring powerful STEM learning experiences to their students. Our goal is that all children, especially children from underrepresented communities, develop STEM identity and technology fluency.

STEM Identity:

Seeing one's self as capable of learning and understanding science, technology, engineering, and math.

Technology Fluency:

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.

Mentors matter

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.

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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.

 

Academic Partners

 

 

Board of Directors

Paul Eichen

Paul Eichen
Founder & acting CEO

Anne Worrall

Anne Worrall
Vice Chair

Dennis Whittler

Dennis Whittler
Trustee & Secretary 

Michael W. Hager

Michael W. Hager, Ph.D.
Trustee

Christina Roc
Trustee

Jim Stone

Jim Stone
Trustee

 

 

Staff

Ryan Neden

Ryan Neden
Vice President of Education

Christine Norris

Christine Norris
Vice President of Client Support and Administration

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Catherine Kineavy
Grants Manager

Diana O'Connell
Director of Administration