The following organizations offer great STEM programs in Maryland. Check them out...
Maryland FIRST is a non-incorporated group of volunteers and entities, including STEMaction, Inc., that organizes and operates all four FIRST programs in the state of Maryland, including:
- Jr. FIRST LEGO League (ages 6-9)
- FIRST LEGO League (ages 9-14)
- FIRST Tech Challenge (ages 12-18)
- FIRST Robotics Competition (ages 14-18)
STEMaction and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) have partnered to provide K-12 STEM activities to students in Howard County and throughout the Baltimore-Washington corridor. The partnership features opening of a USRA STEMaction Center located in USRA's headquarters building at 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD (map). This center provides practice facilities for Maryland FIRST teams, including a full-size FIRST Robotics Competition field, FIRST Tech Challenge field and FIRST LEGO League competition tables. As USRA and STEMaction expand our scope, the center will become a hub for STEM activities in the region. Read more about our center in these articles from the Baltimore Sun and Business Monthly, and learn about a visit by Rep. Donna Edwards. See USRA's flyer about the Center.
GEARS stands for "Garrett Engineering And Robotics Society". GEARS is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization, whose mission is to get young people excited about careers in Science, Technology and Engineering. Operating from its own facility in Garrett County, MD, GEARS helps run FIRST and 4-H robotics teams from K-12 as well as a variety of STEM-related workshops and classes.
The Greenbelt Makerspace is a non-profit activity center located in Greenbelt, MD. They develop resources and programs to engage members in activities related to science, technology, arts, and crafts. Their primary technical areas of focus are computer science, robotics, microelectronics, and general science, and they operate several FIRST LEGO League and Jr.FLL teams. Members are also interested in non-technical activities such as writing, knitting, crafts, and family game play.
Started as an outreach initiative by the RoboBees, FIRST® Team 836, growingSTEMS (growing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Students) is a non-profit organization that aims to promote STEM awareness and education in Southern Maryland and beyond. The organization has three major branches: outreach, scholarships and support, including for all four FIRST K-12 programs.
Hackground is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organized to promoting STEM activities for K-12 students. They hold classes and practices in Maple Lawn (Howard County), MD. Hackground puts together teams to participate in the FIRST LEGO League robotics competition, and offers a variety of other educational programs and activities.
STEMaction is pleased to be a Founding Partner of the Maryland STEM Festival. This annual week-long event showcases great science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities throughout the state. A multifaceted and multicultural event, the Maryland STEM Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun, while highlighting the impact of STEM in all our lives. The 2016 Maryland STEM Festival will be Nov. 4-13.
"Partnership and Inspiration for Engineering Education and Entrepreneurship," or PIE-Cubed for short, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit founded to encourage and promote education in science, technology, engineering and math for youth in the Carroll County, Maryland area and to encourage such youth to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. We place an emphasis on K-12 robotics programs and directly support the Robo-Lions FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2199 as well as multiple FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST LEGO League and Jr. FIRST LEGO League teams. Learn more at PIE-3.org.
The Rockville Science Center (RCS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a passion for lifelong exploration of science by cultivating a sense of inquiry, discovery and understanding of the scientific foundations of everyday life.
The Rockville Science Center is committed to developing a series of engaging and relevant programs for all citizens of Rockville, including the Science Cafés every third Tuesday of the month. “Explorations!” a one day science excursion, and Robotics league for middle-school are just two of a collection of programs designed to develop science literacy that meet the interests of our citizens. The Rockville Science Center intends to develop engaging and relevant activities for all citizens of Rockville.
An energetic group of professionals that organized to bring exciting STEM events to Howard County. STEMulating Minds produces the Howard County STEM Festival and Howard County Math Festival. Our events stimulate student interest and parental awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities and careers. More importantly, these events are designed to tap into all our inner STEM abilities. Learn more at STEMulatingMinds.com.
TechBrick is a robotics club formed for home, public, and private school students in Harford, Cecil, and Baltimore Counties since 2003. Our programs feature all four US FIRST Competition Programs, Jr FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition as well as many off-season events like SeaPerch, training, and workshops. We have numerous participants in math, science, and engineering tracks while in high school or early college attendance. We meet regularly on Tuesday nights in Belcamp, MD near the Aberdeen Proving Grounds. Please contact us if you would like to visit and learn more about the opportunities for your child. There are programs serving children 5-18 years old and openings for adult mentors. Learn more at TechBrick.com.
Zero Robotics for middle school is a 5-week summer program where students learn advanced coding skills to maneuver satellites aboard the International Space Station called SPHERES.
The first 4 weeks of the program, students learn about the ISS, engage in fun educational activities, and program their SPHERE to complete a challenge in a virtual environment. In August, teams submit their code to astronauts aboard the ISS to compete in the ZERO Robotics Finals. The astronauts operate the SPHERES satellites in real time via a live feed from the station!
Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is provided through a partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Space Systems Laboratory, Aurora Flight Sciences, and the Innovation Learning Center. Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is sponsored by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) with financial support from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and the Northrop Grumman Foundation.