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About The STEM Connection

The STEM connection is a non-profit corporation aimed at facilitating science, technology, engineering and math experiences and programming for all children and adults. We at The STEM Connection understand the need to engage and challenge all our youth in positive learning experiences that both excite and motivate them. Also, we desire to connect with all populations and strive to reach those that are underrepresented in STEM careers.


To breakdown stereotypes related to STEM, to challenge all children to be their best, to provide meaningful learning opportunities which engage and encourage.


  • Everyone can do STEM.
  • The careers of the future will incorporate STEM.
  • STEM is fun!



We believe that all good STEM involves art and design so we build it in to our quality programming.

Quality Control and Data Collection

The DoS – Dimensions of Success – tool is used to guarantee quality curriculum and programming. DoS defines twelve indicators of STEM program quality in out-of-school time and it was developed and studied with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) by the Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency (PEAR), along with partners at Educational Testing Services (ETS) and Project Liftoff.

Also, pre and post assessments are administered and program surveys are sent to participants to allow us to collect data and share the good work we do.

Executive Director

Vera VanderKooy – Read Vera’s Bio

We are Community Partners With:

Amore Pizzeria Restorante
Endangered Species Chocolate
Fetch Multi Media

Citizen Science Projects:

Hoosier Riverwatch
Monarch Butterfly Watch
Firefly Count
Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District
National Weather Service
Xerces Society Bee Monitoring

The STEM Connection belongs to…
HASTI – Hoosier Association of Science Teachers
EEAI Environmental Education Association of Indiana
ICAN Indiana Children and Nature Network
IAN – Indiana Afterschool Network
NSTA – National Science Teacher Association
YPPI – Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana

STEM Connected Schools and Organizations:


AYS Inc. – Before and After School Programs
Carmel Clay Parks Extended School Enrichment
Central Elementary, Pike Township
Children’s Circle Preschool of Second Presbyterian Church
Christ The King School
College Park Elementary, Pike Township
Crestview Elementary, Lawrence Township
Decatur County Family YMCA
Dream Alive
Dyslexia Institute of Indiana
Eagle Creek Elementary, Pike Township
Eastbrook Elementary
Great Spirits Camp
Harrison Parkway Elementary, Hamilton Southeastern
Heritage Christian School
HL Harshman Magnet Middle School, IPS
Holy Spirit School
IPS Summer STEM Camp
IPS Wendell Phillips School 63
Jack and Jill of America
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
Meridian Street Preschool Co-op
National Junior Tennis League of Indianapolis
Neighborhood Youth Outreach
Our Lady of Lourdes
Springmill Elementary, Washington Township
Saint Florian Center
St. Luke Catholic School
St. Malachy School
St. Maria Goretti School
St. Monica School
The Oaks Academy
St. Susanna School
St. Thomas Aquinas School
Westminster Neighborhood Services
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

Community Partner

We are pleased to announce that The Microsoft Store is a new corporate sponsor of The STEM Connection!  Thank you to the Microsoft Store for coming alongside us to bring The STEM Connection STEM Challenge Clubs to area schools! The Microsoft Store is located at the Fashion Mall and boasts an array of free STEM educational mini camps and experiences for kids. Check out their offerings today and stop by the store soon!
For more information or to reserve your spot, please email Vera Vander Kooy, Executive Director

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