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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.

We are Community Partners With:

The Microsoft Store
Amore Ristorante
Endangered Species Chocolate
Fetch Multi Media
Clif Bar Baking Co., Indianapolis
Martin Marietta
Hostetler Farms
CAH Trucking
Ray’s Trash Service

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
YPII – Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana

Some STEM Connected Schools and Organizations:

ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center
Big Green
Christ the King Catholic School
Decatur County Family YMCA
Durbin Elementary School
Dyslexia Institute of Indiana
Eagle Creek Elementary
Fall Creek Elementary School
First Baptist Church of Plainfield
First Samuel Church
First Samuel Summer Program
Great Spirits Camp/
Guion Creek Middle School
Heritage Builders Home Educators
Heritage Christian
Heritage Day Camps
Holy Spirit School
Horizons at St. Richards
Isom Central Elementary
MLK Center
National Junior Tennis and Learning of Indianapolis Jack Bradshaw Program
Nu Height Academy
Pike Township Schools
St. Luke Catholic School
St. Malachy School
St. Maria Goretti
St. Mark Catholic School
St. Matthew
St. Monica School
St. Susanna School
St. Thomas Aquinas School
STEAM Academy
TechPoint Foundation for Youth
The Play Schools
Tindley Summit Academy
Westminster Neighborhood Services
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis (South)
Youth Connections
Zionsville West Middle School

For more information or to reserve your spot, please email Vera Vander Kooy, Executive Director

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2018 Awards

-SYPF Grant recipient 2016, 2017, 2018

-River-Friendly Farmer Award from the local Soil and Water Conservation District. This award recognizes farmers who, through good protection management practices, kelp keep Indiana’s rivers, lakes and streams clean.

-2018 McKinney Family Foundation Scholarship award recipient to attend Fundraising and Advocacy for Environmental Nonprofits offered by The Fund Raising School

IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

2017 Awards

-Joe Wright Recognition of Excellence Award by the Environmental Educators Association of Indiana

-Hoosier Chapter Soil And Water Conservation Society’s Education and Communications award for 2017!

-SYPF grant recipient 2016, 2017

-Intern, Madeline Anderson – 2017 Excellence in Summer Service Education Award Recipient


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