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Thanks to our generous partners, Kid Spark programs are within the reach of any educational institution.

About the Michael W. Neden Memorial Fund

The Michael W. Neden Memorial Fund provides matching grants to educational institutions to help acquire a Kid Spark program.

Grants range from $100-500 and can only be used for the initial purchase of a Kid Spark program.

Professor Michael Neden

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About Michael W. Neden: Professor Mike Neden spent his career innovating in the field of technology education and was a nationally recognized leader in Applied STEM Education. Educators from across the nation consulted with him in his teaching labs in Colorado and Kansas. Professor Neden was also a founder of the International STEM Educators Association.

Professor Neden was dedicated to our vision of bringing STEM to all children and, as a result, volunteered hundreds of hours of expertise to Kid Spark. Professor Neden created the concept of the Mobile STEM Lab and designed the SnapStack and Advanced Projects Labs. He wrote many of our initial lessons and created the concept of bringing project­based STEM education into any classroom.

Mike passed away on July 4, 2016. This fund is dedicated to his legacy and his vision of bringing STEM education to all children. All of us at Kid Spark are deeply indebted to Professor Neden for his gifts of insight, wisdom, and creativity.

Kid Spark is grateful to the organizations who support the Michael W. Neden Fund. Their dedication to STEM education helps make our programs possible.

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