STEAMpark, INC. works hard to level the playing field for all children, filling gaps of care and achievement in under-served communities with curriculum-based after-school enrichment programs and summer camps, all steeped in the educational elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.
Using these elements as access points to guide critical thinking and student inquiry, STEAMpark, INC. partners with school districts, families and communities to provide students with individualized academic and social-emotional support, healthy food, role models and a safe place to go when school is out in and around Monmouth County, New Jersey.
We build skills and confidence and make learning FUN.
What Makes Us Different:
* Our programs take place in the neighborhood schools, churches, libraries, community centers of our students
* We have a dynamic Teen Board that meets monthly, and our programming is supported by these teen mentors
* We’re big on community involvement: with our students, we participate in town events, parades, festivals, etc
* Most of our programs include coding/robotics instruction - productive, safe ways to learn technology skills
* Our programs are always educational, catering to specific academic skill gaps of those we serve
* Our lessons are inquiry-based, using the fun of science and tech to teach basic math and literacy skills
What Your Donation Will Be Used To Fund:
STEAMcamp Summer School Program for Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grades
On campus at Joseph Caruso School in Keansburg, this free program offers breakfast and lunch plus academic, hands-on classes in math, science, reading, writing, drama, art, music, games, movement, and cooking every day in a small- class setting with certified teachers and teen counselors. Average attendance in 2018 was 74 students; projection for 2019 is 100 students. *Note: this is the only affordable, all-day program available to all children living in Keansburg when school is out for the summer.
STEMgirls! Weekly Workshops
Based on a successful pilot in Neptune Public Library, this girl-centric STEM program will expand to more towns in 2020. The idea is simple: girls in disadvantaged communities typically don’t develop STEM skills because they lack confidence, role models and a safe space to learn at their own pace. Girls in this 3-hour unique program are building literacy skills, learning to code, and exploring science with fun, hands-on projects.
Coding & Gamers Club for Elementary and Middle School Students
With the partnership of educators and students from High Technology High School in Lincroft, this weekly program will debut in January 2020 in Asbury Park, Keansburg and Neptune, offering students safe and productive ways to enjoy technology, learn to collaborate, and build 21st century skills. These pilots will be both school- and community-based, with intentions of producing a scalable model to expand in 2021.
Inspire LIFE! Fine Arts & Technology Camp
Now in its 2nd year of collaboration, STEAMpark is providing academic instruction for Second Baptist Church’s full-day summer STEAM camp in Asbury Park, dedicated to helping at-risk students stay safe and to keep the dreaded ‘summer slide’ at bay with fun, thematic curriculum tied to state learning standards.
STEAMpark Academy After School Enrichment Program
This free weekly program will offer young students in an at-risk Asbury Park school a fun, educational experience steeped in science, tech, engineering, arts and math. With this year’s curricular theme New Jersey Boardwalk, students will do things like build roller coasters, plan menus for concession stands, and develop financial literacy with play money. They’ll learn to ask questions, solve problems and make friends. (This program will be run in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County.)