In this week’s meeting we will talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) and Rotary.

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In my search for interesting articles and content to bring to our Rotary eClub 7610 meeting every week I end up doing a lot of research. This week I decided to talk about a subject near and dear to me – STEM. I am the owner of a small tech company (Stafford Technologies, LLC there is my not so subtle plug). We are a diverse company with verticals that include, web site development, application development, IT infrastructure, computer and smartphone repair and even merchant processing and POS systems. With such a diverse offering we have a nearly as diverse ensemble working with us. The one common denominator is the passion they have for STEM. And, nearly all will tell you they were introduced to STEM during elementary school.

There are a lot of clubs out there doing wonderful things with STEM programs and I would like to count the Rotary eClub of District 7610 as one of those forward thinking clubs.

We have a new business plan we are creating with a few select partners from around the county. The plan will include a central space to allow children of all ages and economic status to pursue their passions for STEM. When the plan is complete I will present the plan to the club as a whole to see if the club would like to support a program like ours. In the meantime, please take a look at the article below from the Rotary Club of Fort Collins and how they have created a sustainable STEM program in their area. This is only one example. If you were to Google “Rotary and STEM” you will be pleasantly surprised to find that there are a lot of clubs around the world getting involved in local STEM programs.

From the Rotary Club of Fort Collins…

STEM Grants

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education is vital to the futures of the youth in our community and is not exclusive to STEM focused careers. No matter what field of endeavor is chosen by our youth, knowledge of STEM basics will be essential for their future. The need to revamp American education, especially in STEM, has been widely reported for over half a century. In fact, when the United States Department of Labor listed the ten most wanted employees, eight of those ten were with degrees in the STEM fields.

The four Fort Collins Rotary Clubs take the call to educate our youth in these areas seriously and have supported many STEM programs within Fort Collins through financial donations and/or volunteers. These programs include Lego Robotics Teams, Science Olympiad Teams, “Engineering in Elementary” teaching units, “Little Shop of Physics” teacher workshops, purchase of 3D printers for schools, and the STEM Summer Institute. These programs, and many others, are constantly developing and are in need of funding to ensure they can continue to offer much needed STEM education in our community.

In order to continue and grow Rotary’s support of STEM education, the four Fort Collins Rotary Clubs have set up a STEM Education Fund. This Fund was initially funded from proceeds of the 2014 Fort Collins Peach Festival. Rotary intends to apply for matching grants from Rotary International and other STEM funding efforts in order to grow the amount of funds available in the Rotary STEM Education Fund over time.

The education fund is being set up to ensure that all students, regardless of their economic means, have the opportunity to participate in and take full advantage of the STEM programs available in the Fort Collins community and to support new and on-going programs as they continue to develop.

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