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.

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.

Image of kids working with a STEM education kit with computers and a mechanical wheel.

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
Chair & 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
Executive Vice President, Chief Education Officer

Christine Norris

Christine Norris
Vice President of Client Support and Administration

Gracelyn Sweeney
Communications Manager

Jaime Chaffin
Grants Manager

Kayluh Menager
Accounting Manager

Nick Kaufmann
Office Administration & Client Services