students to become
how to make a positive impact on the present environment
altruism, sustainability values and STEM disciplines to prepare for the future they will inherit
like creators, innovators, scientists of sustainability, developers, engineers, architects, strong leaders and ethical financiers
WHAT IS SOTV?
STEMS on the VINES\KC Creators Clubs as an organization has been in operation informally since September 1999. We obtained nonprofit incorporation in July 2015. In October 2015, we were invited by Longfellow Elementary principal Peter Retsos to locate our STEM program at this school. We successfully completed our third school year at Longfellow Elementary. We now receive invitations to bring our programming to students in the Kansas City community beyond the elementary school level.
is used in every profession. Chefs interact with chemistry and physics as do engineers, construction workers, architects, nurses, landscapers and many other careers.
is an important part of our lives. Connected devices/IoT, mobile computing, communications and state-of-the-art medicine brings us a higher quality of life.
design principles help us make sense of geometry and physics.
functions such as fractions, percentages and statistical analysis are used in meaningful ways through financial problem solving.
gives each component in STEMS the methods and perspectives needed to operate in more resourceful and responsible ways.
Why STEMS and not STEAM?
Art is an integral part of design and biomimetics. Art is certainly included the graphic design technology tools we use. Our focus on sustainability as a core value answers the biggest question students have about school:
“Why do I need to learn this?”
Ms. Mehta has worked as a certified computer network administrator, as a mutual fund registered representative and in communications. She is a member of iNACOL and studied the Montessori method. In 1999, she became Program Director of the after school program and Summer Day Camp at Carver Christian Academy.
Currently, she is the Executive Director of STEMS on the VINES/ KC Creators Clubs.
Ret. Colonel Len Nevels
Col. Nevels worked as an engineer with AT&T after serving in the Air Force. He then became Director of the Community Computer Lab at Penn Valley Community College, sponsored by AT&T.
Mr. Nevels' leadership is of great benefit to both Kansas City chapters of the Buffalo Soldiers and the Tuskegee Airmen.
Mrs. Dyer worked at NASA in Houston, configuring the space suits the astronauts wore. She also wrote programs in Assembler, FORTRAN, and COBOL. Mrs. Dyer holds a Ph.D. in education and an MBA.
Currently, she is President of the local chapter of the Black MBA Association.
MOBILE STEM LAB
Most STEM programs are restricted to one location. We bring STEM activities to interested students. We make this available for in-class lab demonstrations, after school workshops, hackathons, youth retreats, and STEM camps. Our Mobile STEM Lab will travel throughout the KCPS district, bringing STEM to interested students. The main focus is on basic, practical skills and exposing students to technology. Industry professionals visit, talking about tools they use in everyday work. Our core value is building an awareness of sustainability in STEM.