2021 STEM Action Grantees

Society for Science is proud to support the 2021 STEM Action Grantees. A total of $165,000 was awarded to the following 38 organizations, representing 21 states.

2021 STEM Action Grantees:

3D Girls, Incorporated (Atlanta, GA)

3D Girls, Incorporated will receive $5,000 to further their mission of providing experiences that inspire the next generation of young women to become self-sufficient leaders in STEM fields. This funding will support the Girls Link Up Virtual Mentoring Program, which helps connect underserved girls in the Metro Atlanta area with myriad resources to help them explore the world around them and identify STEAM pathways of interest.

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Baltimore Underground Science Space (Baltimore, MD)

Baltimore Underground Science Space (BUGSS), an organization dedicated to providing laboratory access and community support to encourage creative explorations of biology and biotechnology, will receive $5,000. In partnership with the Latino Education Advancement Fund (LEAF), BUGSS will offer materials, authentic research experiences and workshops to Latinx students and their families in pursuit of additional STEM opportunities and paths to higher education.

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Be Loud Studios (New Orleans, LA)

Be Loud Studios will receive $4,000 to aid in their mission of amplifying youth confidence through a student-run radio station and digital media production program. They encourage middle school DJs to write, record and mix their own segments for the Be Loud Radio Hour. Funds will go toward the Be Loud On the Road project, which will allow a diverse group of students to investigate and report on issues in their local New Orleans community.

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Black Girls Dive Foundation (Owings Mills, MD)

Black Girls Dive Foundation will receive $2,500 in support of their STREAMS program, which facilitates the participation of underrepresented young girls and women in the exploration and conservation of diverse marine ecosystems, empowering them to engage in and explore their STEM identities. This will be the fourth STEM Action Grant received by the Black Girls Dive Foundation.

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Black Girls Do Engineer Corporation (Webster, TX)

Black Girls Do Engineer Corporation will receive $5,000 toward their goal of getting two million Black American girls to pursue STEM careers by the year 2050. In the low-socioeconomic Houston Metro area, Black Girls Do Engineer aims to provide a supportive environment where female members can expand their intellectual and academic confidence through hands-on programming in subjects ranging from artificial intelligence to sustainable energy.

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Black Pilots of America (Mukilteo, WA)

Black Pilots of America (Red-Tailed Hawks Chapter) aims to introduce underserved and underrepresented youth to the world of aviation, inspire them towards aerospace-related career paths and help them learn to fly. Their $5,000 grant will support a year-round youth program, which engages underserved students via practical applications of STEM and serves up to 600 youth annually in the Puget Sound and Portland Metro areas.

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Blue Marble Space Institute of Science (Seattle, WA)

Blue Marble Space Institute of Science is an international community dedicated to building a sustainable future and empowering the next generation of scientists. A $5,000 STEM Action Grant will be used to conduct STEAM education and outreach programs in Native communities of the Pacific Northwest, and will include the implementation and corroboration of both Indigenous and Western knowledge and technology.

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California Desert Land Conservancy (Joshua Tree, CA)

California Desert Land Conservancy also known as the Mojave Desert Land Trust, will receive $5,000 toward their Desert Discovery Field Studies program, a STEM-based learning lab that provides students with creative ways to learn about the ecology of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. With an ultimate goal of increasing the public’s environmental literacy, this program will empower individuals to become more responsible stewards of the land and conscious citizens of human-ecosystem interactions.

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CodeCreate (Chicago, IL)

CodeCreate will receive $5,000 to fund Traverse, their traveling animatronic puppet show and immersive experience about disability and automation, and their program Youth in Southern Motion, an exchange that develops students’ understanding of the relationship between theatre and science. Through workshops, exhibitions and cultural exchanges, CodeCreate shapes creative opportunities to imagine, reflect, play and innovate.

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Connect Crew at Memphis Library Foundation (Memphis, TN)

Connect Crew at Memphis Library Foundation will receive $4,000 toward additional equipment for their Start Here mobile technology van and outreach program, which delivers innovative programming to traditionally underserved communities and neighborhood library branches with limited resources in Shelby County, Tennessee. The Memphis Library Foundation was previously awarded a STEM Action Grant in 2019 and 2020.

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Envirolution Inc. (Reno, NV)

Envirolution Inc. will receive $4,000 to support Project ReCharge, a hands-on project-based STEAM curriculum and training program that encourages students to take an active role in sustainability and energy management. Through energy efficiency and sustainability projects, Nevada students have an opportunity to make a real impact. Thus far, schools have saved over $1 million in energy costs since the project’s establishment in 2015.

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Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America (Chicago, IL)

Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America (FORA) aims to welcome and engage recently arrived, refugee families in American civic life, providing an education that prepares them for economic self-sufficiency. FORA serves impoverished survivors of genocide who would not otherwise have access to education. FORA will use their $5,000 award to partner with TinkRworks, a K-8 STEM education provider in Chicago, to implement a robotics program for their students that will allow for real-world applications of math and engineering concepts.

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Future Advancers of Science and Technology (Palo Alto, CA)

Future Advancers of Science and Technology (FAST) will receive $5,000 to help expand their programming to the East Bay Area. Through FAST, Stanford University graduate students partner high schoolers from predominantly low-income schools with professional scientist and engineer mentors. With this long-term mentorship, students explore open questions in science through project-based learning, exposing them to new ways of thinking and potential STEM careers.

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Intrepid Museum Foundation, Inc. (New York, NY)

Intrepid Museum Foundation, Inc. will receive $2,500 to continue bringing science to life through their Virtual Field Trips. Launched in 2018, these trips offer students across the globe, individuals facing geographic boundaries and economic hardship or those who are just curious, access to the engineering marvels, science and history on display at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. This is the fourth STEM Action Grant received by the Museum.

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Kul Wicasa Wópasi (Lower Brule, SD)

Kul Wicasa Wópasi will receive $2,500 to build upon their newly developed Innovator Program for Native American youth on the Kul Wicasa Oyate Tribal Nation. Indigenous elementary students will work on collaborative community projects that support their education in robotics and technology. Formerly known as Lower Brule Research, the nonprofit has received the STEM Action Grant for four consecutive years.

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Learn Fresh (Brooklyn, NY)

Learn Fresh will receive $2,500 to support the implementation of a new education program that leverages the game of soccer and student passion for sports to draw them into standards-aligned STEM and social-emotional learning. To be piloted in Sacramento, California, the new program will join their flagship NBA Math Hoops series to engage primarily low-income students in STEM learning through sports. This is the third STEM Action Grant received by Learn Fresh.

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Michigan Science Center (Detroit, MI)

Michigan Science Center will receive $2,000 to expand their STEMinista Project, Metro Detroit’s most successful program for engaging 4th through 8th grade girls in life-changing STEM experiences, into a statewide initiative directly impacting those who are otherwise missing out on STEM mentoring and learning opportunities. The Michigan Science Center previously received a STEM Action Grant for this project in 2020.

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National Forest Foundation (Scottsdale, AZ)

National Forest Foundation will receive $5,000 for Project Green Drone AZ, which seeks to provide equitable access to unique STEM opportunities for middle and high school students in Metro Phoenix. Students are exposed to ways cutting-edge technologies — such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones — are used in forest conservation. The organization’s educational efforts will also help protect and collect meaningful data related to a vital local source of fresh water through the Lower Salt River Restoration Project on the Mesa District of the Tonto National Forest, with results and techniques from the project to inform further conservation initiatives.

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Northwest Ecological Research Institute (Portland, OR)

Northwest Ecological Research Institute (NERI) will receive $5,000 to continue furthering knowledge of Pacific Northwest natural history through grassroots research, training and dissemination of information. Internships funded by the grant will provide Indigenous students with a diversity of field biology experiences and skills as well as mentorship and encouragement for developing a career in the biological sciences.

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‘Ohana Kilo Hōkū (Honolulu, HI)

‘Ohana Kilo Hōkū seeks to grow opportunities for the study of astronomy and space science in Hawaii and beyond. In an effort to develop a mentoring network of Native Hawaiian space science professionals and help Hawaii-based students connect with potential career paths, $5,000 will be used toward a teacher workshop and the production of educational video content, to be developed by Native Hawaiian mentors and then supplied as a teaching resource to K-12 science educators throughout the state.

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OpenWise Foundation, Inc. (Washington, DC)

OpenWise Foundation, Inc. provides their students with open-source STEM education opportunities that embed social and ecological justice through youth service, leadership and community. This $5,000 grant will allow them to double the size of their offerings to serve a cohort of Black and Latino students, first through an immersive program, then academic year sessions, mentorships and apprenticeships over the course of their middle to high school experience. The organization’s purpose is to transform marginalized kids into STEM-fluent global leaders.

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Opportunity X (Cupertino, CA)

Opportunity X will receive $2,500 to continue bringing cost-free science research opportunities to underrepresented and low-resource middle school students across the country via school enrichment programs, summer camps and science fairs. To date, Opportunity X has expanded research programs to 18 schools across seven states, mentored 200 students through research projects and offered more than 850 workshops. By 2023 they hope to be operating in 50 additional schools nationwide and to have enabled 1,000+ students to complete their own STEM research projects.

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Pink Space Theory (Dumfries, VA)

Pink Space Theory seeks to close the gender and race gaps in the STEM community by removing barriers that may prohibit girls from pursuing STEM. Their signature program, Girl Power, teaches advanced math skills, computer coding, design thinking, environmental and engineering design. Serving 61 public elementary and middle schools in Prince William County, the second-largest school district in Virginia, Pink Space Theory will receive $5,000 toward after- and in-school programming that energizes students through problem-based, hands-on activities that stimulate critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. All of their programming is offered at no cost to schools with high populations of disadvantaged students.

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ProCure Hope Inc. (Boston, MA)

ProCure Hope Inc. (Full STEAM Forward) promotes equity in science education and seeks to encourage Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) girls to pursue a career in the sciences. A $5,000 STEM Action Grant will be used to help cover program expenses, which include a year-long Enrichment Program for 3rd and 4th grade girls as well as a Bridge Program for 5th through 8th grade girls, both of which feature accomplished women of color and BIPOC university students as speakers and mentors. By instilling a passion for science, ProCure Hope encourages BIPOC girls to pursue career paths in the fastest growing and highest paid segments of the economy.

 

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Quest Science Club, Inc. (Tucson, AZ)

Quest Science Club, Inc., a nonprofit community center where industry leaders bring customized hands-on experiences to curious learners, will receive $5,000 to build inventory for a STEM Resource Library available to low-income and chronically ill students. Materials will be available for check out, enabling for years to come the pursuit of opportunities otherwise unavailable to these students. During the academic year and summer program, Quest Science Club also provides innovative lab classes to supplement home and public-school education.

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Richmond Minorities in Engineering Partnership (Richmond, VA)

Richmond Minorities in Engineering Partnership was formed to encourage underrepresented, minority middle and high school students to consider STEM professions. They will receive $5,000 for their Summer Engineering Institute, which consists of a three-week academic program and five-week Research Assistant program with a professor at Virginia State University or Virginia Commonwealth University and will impact approximately 100 students in the Richmond Metropolitan area.

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Rosie Riveters (Alexandria, VA)

Rosie Riveters provides a fun space for diverse preschool to middle school girls to imagine, learn, build and play. They will receive $2,000 toward the creation of a robust, interactive online interface that will aggregate digital STEM content created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This platform will exist as a resource for teachers and a far greater digital audience, and is an extension of Rosie Riveters’ first STEM Action Grant, received in 2020.

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Rural Resources Farm & Food Education Center (Greeneville, TN)

Rural Resources Farm & Food Education Center, founded in 1993, is a 15-acre farm campus located in the Appalachian Mountains of Greene County that connects agriculture and community to build a sustainable local food economy for all. They will receive $5,000 toward their Farm & Food Teen Training Program, a four-year curriculum that teaches agronomy and food production, animal science and soil science while giving rural and often low-income participants access to confidence, leadership skills, career opportunities in STEM and greater food security.

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Safe Alternative Foundation for Education, Inc. (Baltimore, MD)

Safe Alternative Foundation for Education, Inc. (SAFE) believes the key to success is through education and having a backup plan. They assist local, underrepresented students in achieving their academic goals through educational programming and vocational exposure with real-world applications. The organization will receive $2,500, their fourth STEM Action Grant, to support the innovative STEM experiences operated by SAFE in its after-school program and summer camp.

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Science Moab Engagement Initiative (Moab, UT)

Science Moab Engagement Initiative serves as a conduit for residents and visitors to learn about and engage with the rich ecological and cultural knowledge of Southeast Utah. They will receive $5,000 to deepen established relationships with Indigenous scientists and knowledge holders across the Colorado Plateau, incorporating their voices into compensated outreach programming, such as radio shows, newspaper features and live events, to ensure that Indigenous perspectives are included as an integral knowledge source alongside Western science.

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Stem is Childs Play Foundation (Albuquerque, NM)

Stem is Childs Play Foundation will use their $5,000 grant towards paying qualified teachers and instructors for STEM programming – including online classes, tutoring, project-based learning adventures and more – targeted at elementary and middle school Title 1 students. Central to the Foundation is the idea of a “village” involving partnerships with nonprofits, schools, elected officials, businesses, parents and educators, all serving to increase the number of underrepresented people in STEM through education, support and advocacy.

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Student Global Ambassador Program (Rockville, MD)

Student Global Ambassador Program (SGAP Leaders) is a leadership program that empowers underserved teens to act to solve real-world sustainability and social justice challenges. They will receive $4,000 to help pilot a two-year climate change curriculum for high schoolers, pivot their workshops to an online format as well as expand their Sustainability Challenge Workshop, which offers students an opportunity to walk across a university campus and interact with professionals in the field of renewable energy.

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Tech Kids Unlimited (Brooklyn, NY)

Tech Kids Unlimited will receive $5,000 to continue empowering neurodiverse students to learn and expand their skills in technology and computer science, all in a supportive and individualized environment. The funds will support The TKU Digital Agency, which provides paid internships and work-based learning for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in an effort to close the opportunity gap and combat their chronic underemployment.

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The GEMS Camp (Dallas, TX)

The GEMS Camp currently offers four summer programs that each aim to change the face of those who can access and excel in STEM studies and careers. Their $5,000 grant will go toward the GEMS e-Camp Experience, a two-week virtual summer camp that will provide 120 middle school girls of color and low-income families from four Texas cities with hands-on, project-based learning, leadership, character development and interaction with STEM career role models. The funding will also help support 80 middle school girls of color to learn and build valuable Python coding skills.

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The Latino Student Fund (Washington, DC)

The Latino Student Fund (LSF) will receive $5,000 towards Te Guio, a year-round STEM mentoring program that uses a bilingual Spanish/English curriculum to teach 9th-10th grade English-Language Learning students to use technology, engage with STEM in their personal lives and communities as well as explore STEM careers. With eight programs in place, the LSF strives to meet the evolving educational needs of the Hispanic community through academic support, post-secondary success and family resources.

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Venture Outdoors (Pittsburgh, PA)

Venture Outdoors provides outdoor experiences and education programs in the greater Pittsburgh area for youth, college students and adults, promoting the region’s unique outdoor spaces and fostering a greater appreciation for the environment. The $5,000 award will allow them to enhance and expand outdoor STEM and environmental justice programming partnerships with four afterschool sites that primarily serve Pittsburgh’s low-income youth of color. This is the second STEM Action Grant received by Venture Outdoors.

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Women’s Audio Mission (San Francisco, CA)

Women’s Audio Mission (WAM) will receive $5,000 to continue expanding their virtual, award-winning Girls on the Mic program. As an organization fighting against the chronic gender gap in the tech sector, WAM uses music and media to attract thousands of at-risk and underserved girls/women/gender-expansive individuals per year to free STEM training, mentoring and job placement. This is their second STEM Action Grant.

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Youth Code Jam (San Antonio, TX)

Youth Code Jam will receive $5,000 to provide accommodations including closed-captioning, sign language video and braille components for hearing and visually impaired participants in their programs. By bringing students, parents, teachers and industry professionals together around creative computing through school-based and community experiences, Youth Code Jam will improve access to computer science literacies and careers for deaf and blind students attending Texas public schools. This is their third STEM Action Grant.

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