STEMThink Summer Camps
At STEMThink, we provide free, one-week camps during the summer, and teach middle school girls website and app development skills. We also include curriculum that educates participants on the importance of mental health, providing them with self-care skills and ways to cope with stress and anxiety. Our camps are held in three locations across Kentucky, in Eastern, Western, and Northern Kentucky. This year, because of COVID-19 concerns, our camps will be held remotely over the video conferencing platform Zoom. Participants will have the option of choosing between three sessions. All sessions will be held between 1-5 pm EST.
HackSTEMThink is a free event where middle schoolers spend 24 hours in groups of up to 4 people developing an application designed to spread mental health awareness and/or solve a mental health issue in their community. HackSTEMThink also features a women in tech virtual panel, workshops to learn about different programming languages, networking opportunities, and monetary prizes for the top winners. HackSTEMThink is grateful to have 10+ sponsors for the event. Our sponsors provide participants with prizes, speakers for our panel, and/or support for our event.
HackSTEMThink will take place from 11 am EST on 8/15/2020 to 11 am EST on 8/16/2020. Our Women in Tech Panel Speakers and prize amounts for the winning hacks will be announced soon.
STEMThink at Home
STEMThink at Home is a video series where participants can learn about advanced STEM topics through hands on experimentation in the comfort of their own homes. The STEMThink at Home program provides free YouTube videos for youth to learn about topics covering biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science by conducting experiments with materials that can be readily found in most homes.
STEMThink at Home videos are tailored towards kids in elementary and middle school, with little to no knowledge about the specific STEM topic. Each video features a short PowerPoint lecture with useful background information, followed by instructions and a demonstration of an experiment related to the topic.
Every year, STEMThink hosts a variety of in-person workshops centered on STEM and mental health, with many of our workshops featuring hands-on experimentation and talks from guest speakers. Past workshops, for example, have focused on exploring microbiology and genetics, which we looked at after conducting strawberry DNA extraction and plating swabs of the bacteria found in classrooms.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, STEMThink will be hosting similar workshops over Zoom, occurring twice every Friday: once at 3pm EST (1pm PST) and 3pm PST (6pm EST) in order to accommodate participants from different timezones. In the past, workshops were only conducted in Kentucky, or areas where our Regional Directors were. However, this year, participants will be able to tune in from across the world in the comfort of their own homes.
Each workshop will only last 30 minutes. Click on the corresponding Zoom link for the session you plan on attending at your preferred time. Every session will be covering different STEM topics and feature a hands-on experiment.
In 2020, STEMThink published "STEM and Mental Health Activities for Kids," an interactive activity book, designed for students in elementary school. In this book, we walk kids through different STEM experiments, while explaining the scientific reasoning behind them. The book is built upon existing STEMThink curriculum, developed by STEM and mental health professionals.
It is attended to be used in an alternating fashion, with students reading one chapter that focuses on a STEM experiment and its corresponding background information, then another one that focuses on a mental health topic. The book has been gifted to hundreds of elementary students across the world during our workshops. If you are an educator and would like a copy, please contact us, and we will provide your classroom with a set for free.
The STEMThink STEM Sets Program aims to impact students outside of our typical workshops, summer camps, and hackathon. Through funds from grants, we are able to distribute customized boxes filled with all of the non-perishable materials necessary to conduct the experiments listed in our activity book to students across Kentucky at no cost to them. Additionally, a STEMThink activity book is included with each STEM set.
We understand how difficult remote learning can be for younger children, especially during these uncertain times. The STEM Sets program was implemented in 2020 to help enrich the learning experiences of younger children. If you feel that your child would benefit from a STEM set, or if you are interested in donating materials, please contact: