students to become
how to make a positive impact on the present environment
altruism, sustainability values and STEMS disciplines to prepare for the future our students will inherit
like creators, innovators, scientists of sustainability, developers, engineers, green architects, entrepreneurs, strong leaders and ethical financiers
WHAT IS SOTV?
STEMS on the VINES\KC Creators Clubs as an organization has been in operation informally in the Kansas City community since September 1999. We obtained nonprofit incorporation in July 2015. In October 2015, we were invited by then Longfellow Elementary principal Peter Retsos to locate our STEMS program at this school. We successfully completed our third school year at Longfellow Elementary. We now receive invitations to bring our programming to public, private and homeschool students 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. Design thinking shows us how to develop practical solutions that really help people.
functions such as fractions, percentages and statistical analysis are used in meaningful ways through financial problem solving. Understanding financial software is a necessary skill set.
gives each component in STEMS the critical methods and perspectives needed to operate in more resourceful and responsible ways.
Why STEMS and not STEAM?
We acknowledge that art is an integral part of design and biomimetics. Art is certainly included the graphic design technology tools we use.
It is generally assumed that young people engage best through art as an entry point to STEMS. Experience shows us that it is more meaningful to students work on project-based STEMS activities that solves a real-world problem and actually helps someone in a tangible way.
Project-based STEMS activities gives a sense of purpose and connectedness to the community at large, boosts self-esteem, fosters altruism while making a practical and positive impact on society. 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 STEMS LAB
Most STEMS programs are restricted to one location. We bring STEMS activities to students based on their interests. Our Mobile STEMS Lab is available for in-class lab demonstrations, after school workshops, hackathons, youth retreats, and STEMS camps. Mobile STEMS Labs will travel throughout the Kansas City school district.
SOTV/KCCC STEMS lessons are interdisciplinary. We incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math into each of our STEMS modules. The main focus is on practical skills as we expose students to science, technology and finance. Industry professionals visit, talking about tools they use in everyday work. Our core value is building an awareness of sustainability in STEM.