STEM NOLA (SN)is an organization founded by New Orleans native, and former tenured Tulane University Engineering professor, Dr. Calvin Mackie.
STEM NOLA's mission is to grow future Innovators, Creators and Makers by Inspiring, Engaging and Exposing communities to opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Our goal is to reach all young people,to teach them skills needed to compete in a society, increasingly driven by science and technology.
STEM NOLA has created an Innovative Platform to bring STEM to Communities! It is Scalable, Reproducible and Transferable!
STEM NOLA has engaged over 8000 kids from 400 schools across the New Orleans Metropolitan area in the last three years in STEM hands-on activities! STEM NOLA is now attracting more kids to recreation facilities in New Orleans on Saturdays for STEM activities than for individual sports.
STEM NOLA offers hands-on activities, inquiry-based learning methodology, standards-based pre and post assessment tools and teacher resource and development packages. Students will have the opportunity to learn by asking questions, observing demonstrations, completing experiments, building kits and engaging in exciting group projects. Our programs have been correlated to match curriculum requirements for every grade level and are rich in elementary level science content. STEM NOLA offers in-school, after-school, community and family-based programming. The diversely themed inquiry-based hands-on programs can be used as a curriculum enhancement or as an introduction to STEM concepts. We offer a hassle-free and convenient way for students to experience culturally and environmentally relevant hands-on STEM!
My daughter has been attending STEMNOLA since it started. When she learned this STEM NOLA was going to be about "The Power of Chemistry" she couldn't wait to attend. She talked about it all week and she was not dissapointed. I watched her face light up with the chemical reaction that created the elephant toothpaste. We had to continue the activities once we got..in the kitchen with food coloring, baking soda, vinegar and what ever else we would allow her to mix together to see what reaction would be. This is what STEM NOLA is about...sparking that interest and seeing it leave STEM Saturday and continue at home. She wants to make the elephant toothpaste at home so we are working on that. Thank you, thank you Dr. Calvin Mackie!! Awesome Awesome Awesome!!!