STEM 101


“We had all the classrooms running and you could tell by just listening for what room STEM was happening in.  There was such excitement and engagement in the STEM classrooms!”

Vince Gasetto, Principal, Bronx, NY

Program Type

Curriculum/Instructional Materials
Teacher Development/Training
Hands on/Project-Based
Informal /Out of School
Work Readiness/Employment
College Readiness

Target Audience

All Students




Pre-K - 5
Grades 6 - 8
Grades 9 - 12

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Program Impact

STEM101 has been used in urban, suburban and rural schools since 2008.

Four Primary Goals have been identified for STEM 101 sites.  Students should be able to:

  • be prepared to pursue any option after high school
  • have an increased disposition for post-secondary training/college/university
  • have an idea of what career they will pursue when they are done with school
  • have a higher interest in pursuing STEM careers than their peers.

In a recent urban school district study of students of lower income and English language learners, participating STEM101 students felt more prepared to pursue options after high school (with an increased desire to pursue college and doctoral degrees).  These same students had stronger gains in attendance the following year in comparison to peers that were not enrolled within the program.    

National data shows that 79% of STEM101 Middle School Students feel fully prepared to pursue any option after high school and 72% of High School students plan on post-secondary education/training.

37% of STEM101 students intend to study engineering, technology or computer science after high school while 18% intend to go into medical fields and 7% would like to teach.

53% of STEM101 students are interested in pursuing STEM careers while the USA average is only 23%.

Each individual person who enters our classrooms across the globe is unique and requires unique treatment.  Students interests and experiences are important and can be utilized with open ended projects and the parameters built by the STEM 101 curriculum and teachers in the classroom


Program Overview

STEM 101 provides 21st century STEM career minded K-16 curriculum and professional development to inspire, engage, and prepare students for the STEM jobs of tomorrow.

STEM 101 is a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing economic development by improving STEM literacy for all students. STEM Academy, Inc. (STEM 101) creates and ignites excitement by providing real world hands on positive experiences for students.  STEM 101's flexible use, national standards-based curriculum is a powerful resource for in-school, after-school, or summer bridge programming for all schools; public, private, and charter. 

STEM 101 provides 21st century STEM career minded K-16 curriculum and professional development to inspire, engage, and prepare students for the STEM jobs of tomorrow. Our approach is designed to improve under-represented minority and low-income student growth, close achievement gaps, decrease dropout rates, increase high school graduation rates, and improve teacher and principal effectiveness.

The STEM Academy represents a national next-generation high impact academic model that targets all schools and all students. STEM Curriculum was developed in response to the National Academy of Engineering study, “Engineering in K-12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects”. The meta-disciplinary, state and national standards based K-16 STEM curriculum creates student pathways for industry and post-secondary advancement. 

How To Get Involved

The STEM Academy, Inc. aka STEM 101 is committed to promoting education equality in America by offering our best of class STEM curriculum and professional programs as a free resource for schools. We partner with leading companies to connect student experiences to careers. Our primary focus is supporting financially disadvantaged schools (rural and inner city). 

  • Funders can support the mission of STEM 101 to bridge the STEM career awareness gap for financially disadvantaged students by contributing to the STEM 101 general fund. 
  • Funders can support STEM 101 summer school programs for schools in your area.  
  • Funders can support STEM 101 professional development programs which qualify educators for graduate school credits, i.e. potentially higher annual compensation for schools in your area.
  • Funders can support STEM 101 programming for in-school and after-school programs in your area. 
  • Volunteers can assist us in fund raising efforts or networking with like minded organizations. 

STEM 101 offers corporations the opportunity to systemize their volunteer efforts to inspire student STEM career pathway selection.

Funders and Partners
  • STEM 101 curriculum and professional development services are made possible in part to contributions from JP Morgan, General Electric, SAP and New York Yankees. 
  • STEM 101 Strategic Partners include: Adobe, Ainsworth, Bank of Nevada, Cisco, Gateway Technical College, Helix Electric, Martin Harris, October Foundation, Renown Health and United States Air Force. 
  • STEM 101 Higher Education Partners include: University of Wisconsin, University of Nevada Reno and Gateway Technical College. 


Design Principles

The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against the Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.

  • Accomplished
  • Developing
  • Undeveloped

Overarching Principles

  • Need

    Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.

  • Evaluation

    Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.

  • Sustainability

    Ensure work is sustainable.

  • Replication and Scalability

    Demonstrate replicability and scalability.

  • Partnerships

    Create high impact partnerships

  • Capacity

    Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.

STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.