A Smart Start with STEM
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 68 fully operational, turnkey STEM programs in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming, as well as a district-wide public school system that includes 33 elementary schools in Oklahoma City.
- Equipment Packages
- Tool Kit
- 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.