For more information on our STEM program, please log in to our resource portal to access curriculum, trainings, and so much more!

A Smart Start with STEMRipken Foundation STEM Logo

Harvard deemed the need for a STEM-capable workforce an “urgent national priority.” Our response: inspire a new generation of innovators.

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation sees the STEM education gap as an opportunity to apply key lessons from sports—teamwork, respect, communication, and resilience—to the classroom.

Aiming to increase the number of minority and at-risk youth pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math careers, our STEM program  provide interactive afterschool lessons without the pressure of grades. An emphasis on collaboration and critical thinking shapes productive adults with the integrity to initiate positive changes in their communities.

In 2016, we launched the Ripken Foundation STEM Initiative to provide underserved elementary school youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods the opportunity to participate in STEM activities. Today, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has 182 fully operational, turnkey STEM programs in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming, as well as two district-wide public-school systems that includes 33 elementary schools in Oklahoma City and 47 elementary schools in Tulsa, impacting over 60,000 kids. 

  • Technology Packages
  • Educational activity kits and tools
  • Elementary and Middle School Curricula
  • An opportunity to participate in the Ripken Foundation National STEM Challenge
  • Ongoing Program and Technical Support

Ripken Foundation STEM Centers are designed for youth organizations and schools to get youth interested in STEM through hands-on learning. Each STEM Center comes fully equipped with the latest technology, the Ripken Foundation STEM Center Curriculum Guidebook for mentors, and customizable tool kits that include hands-on games and activities.

Visit our Resource Portal to learn more about guiding youth toward successful futures with STEM education.

Students who live in underserved communities typically lack access to what are now considered STEM basics: up-to-date labs, laptop or tablet computers and access to the Internet.

Students watching a 3D Printer in action

Submit a Story

Have you had a positive experience with Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation programming or events? Please take some time to fill in the form below to share your story with us. We will feature these stories on the testimonials section of our homepage and on our social media outlets. Thank you!
Upload requirements
5 + 10 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.
By submitting your story and any attachments you agree to allow the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to use your story in promotional materials and website content. Please note your story may be edited for grammar and length. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please note that in your submission.