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The KDC’s Mission
“Ask what do you want now, to free yourself from thinking about the limitations of the technology and let your imagination take you to what things do you want to have done, what problems do you want to solve.” -Andra Keay, managing director, Silicon Valley Robotics
The United States will need approximately 1 million more STEM professionals than are projected to graduate over the next decade. Studies show that early exposure to the STEM fields is correlated to a child’s decision to major in the STEM fields in college. The problem is, most students lose interest in the STEM fields by 8th grade:
Research documents that by the time students reach fourth grade, a third of boys and girls have lost an interest in science. By eighth grade, almost 50 percent have lost interest or deemed it irrelevant to their education or future plans. At this point in the K–12 system, the STEM pipeline has narrowed to half. That means millions of students have tuned out or lack the confidence to believe they can do science. (STEM Education–It’s Elementary, US News)
The STEM fields are often taught from a book in modern classrooms. But elementary aged kids are naturally curious and love hands on, interactive experiences. Kids are natural problem solvers. Provide children with open ended STEM problems and they easily jump into activities, work on as a team and share ideas with each other. This is the type of environment the Kaleidoscope Discovery Center is striving to create. We include two areas in addition to the STEM fields that we focus on.
The Kaleidoscope Discovery Center seeks to expose children and adults to opportunities that advance the understanding and appreciation of: engineering, science, technology, the environment, arts, and math (ESTEAM); through hands-on learning experiences, which inspire everyone to imagine, explore and create a better world. We want to create a fun and interactive science center where people are inspired to imagine a universe of endless possibilities.
How We Operate
The Kaleidoscope Discovery Center exposes children to ESTEAM activities through a variety of programs, classes, and camps like our Robotics Program that has already produced a few world class teams or Project MEGASSS, a middle school program for gifted math students. We run a variety of day camps in the summer and classes for homeschoolers during the semester. We also offer field trips for local schools and ESTEAM themed birthday parties.
The Kaleidoscope Discovery Center is a non-profit organization that survives by the dedication of volunteers, community participation and donations. The KDC is a community organization and we only survive if members of the community, like you, say “Yes, this is something I want in my community” and you are willing to donate your time or money to the cause. Every little bit helps!
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