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Unlocking STEAM Opportunities for Orange County Students

Discover the world of STEAM and ignite your potential for a future in innovation! We make it simple for kids and young individuals in Orange County to explore enriching activities, events, and programs that foster engagement with STEAM fields. With the support of OC Community College Business & Entrepreneurship initiative, the Octane Foundation for Innovation collaborated with Orange County educators and STEAM organizations to create a comprehensive “catalog” of opportunities spanning from pre-K through early career stages.

Our mission is to ensure that every student has easy access to this invaluable resource. We are committed to reaching underserved and underrepresented populations in Orange County, inspiring a more diverse talent base to pursue exciting STEAM careers. Take the first step towards a brighter future – dive into our curated STEAM catalog today!

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Whether you’re an educator, a parent, or a passionate STEAM advocate, our media kit equips you with the tools to inspire the next generation of innovators. Embrace the possibilities and join us on this exciting adventure as we shape a brighter future through the power of STEAM Ahead! Access the media kit.

Girl Scouts of Orange County

Girl Scouts of Orange County introduces girls of every age to science, technology, engineering and math experiences relevant to everyday life. Girl Scouts of Orange County STEM, Inspire Program, My STEM Life, STEM Badges

MedTech Color

MedTech Color aims to help build a community of leaders of color in the medical device industry. We want to reach this goal by serving as a catalyst for professional development, driving thought leadership and increasing the number of underrepresented executives who enter and stay in the industry.

Project Scientist

Project Scientist is an education nonprofit providing equitable, evidence-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs for girls ages 4–24. Project Scientist was created to change the world’s view of who a scientist is and what a scientist does.

Vital Link

Vital Link is an organization dedicated to preparing students for their future careers through experiential learning opportunities. We offer programs that introduce students to the world of robotics, engineering, manufacturing, healthcare and medical, computer programming, digital media arts, automotive technology and more. Through these hands-on programs, we inspire students to feel confident and excited to pursue a fulfilling career.

OC STEM Initiative

The OC STEM Initiative strengthens the educational pipeline in Orange County by promoting competencies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through a collaborative network of public and private partnerships

STEM Advantage

STEM Advantage mentors, prepares, and inspires women and underserved communities to pursue STEM careers through paid internships, mentors, scholarships, professional development, and community. We provide economic and social mobility to underserved groups (most are low-income, first-generation college students), while providing a vetted pipeline of diverse talent to businesses to fill their workforce needs.

University Lab Partners

University Lab Partners is an independent, non-profit project of the Beall Family Foundation. It was founded in partnership with the University of California Irvine Beall Applied Innovation. Our open innovation platform enables lifescience & medtech companies to access unique research capabilities and a network of technical, business, and talent resources at an economical cost.

OC Academy of Arts & Sciences

OCASA students learn by doing. They are encouraged to ask questions, take risks, make discoveries, observe patterns, exhibit creativity, and reflect on their own work. OCASA operates two schools designed to help your Elementary, Middle, or High School student launch their bright future.

Dreams for Schools

Dreams for Schools is a 501(c)(3) that oversees programs and initiatives that contribute to educating youth about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math (STEAM) fields.

S.T.E.A.M. Race to Space Reading Challenge

With an urgent need to inspire students about S.T.E.A.M., the S.T.E.A.M. Race to Space Reading Challenge rewards and excites early readers and cultivates a passion for STEM. Self-driving cars and space travel are fast becoming a reality and no longer science fiction. Innovations such as these are today’s student’s future.

Music Preserves Foundation

Music Preserves Foundation’s mission is to inspire and educate our community through the preservation and presentation of music. We do that by sharing the rich cultural history of American Music in schools and the community at large.

High School Inc. Academies Foundation

High School Inc. positively links social equity and economic values in school and at work by supporting the signature C-H-A-N-G-E Academies at Santa Ana Valley High School. These six core college and career readiness academies enrich a student’s learning experience by equipping students with the skills, opportunities, and relationships they need to succeed.

CEO Leadership Alliance

We connect leading OC companies to the talent pipeline, beginning in high school through our signature Career Exploration Experience. We work closely with our community college and education partners around internships, externships and capstone projects. We have two fellowship programs for students, Brighter Futures for high school and Orange Fellows for early career professionals.

CyberForward Academy

CyberForward is a professional development organization that rapidly develops effective job-ready cyber security professionals. Our mission is to address the cyber security resource shortage and skills gap by connecting the dots of career preparation via middle and high school programs, next level college courses, adult re-skilling, and workforce development.

Achievement Institute for STEM Scholars

Achievement Institute for STEM Scholars’ (AISS) guides high achieving, economically disadvantaged students interested in pursuing a career in the STEM fields. AISS offers a College to Career Readiness STEM Program over two years (11th and 12th grades), preparing students for the STEM careers that will change their economic situations forever.

Girls Inc. of Orange County

Girls Inc. STEM programming creates an environment in which girls are encouraged to explore their STEM interests through fun, accessible, and interactive activities. STEM program topics range from robotics, engineering, space exploration, science experiments, data and advocacy, biomimicry, CSI, and more!

Urban Workshop

Urban Workshop is a 28,000 square foot makers paradise located in Costa Mesa. Students 10+ learn how to use a huge variety of tools and equipment including woodworking, metal, welding, CNC, Lasers, 3D printers, Arduino, and much more.

Beyond Blindness

Beyond Blindness, formerly Blind Children’s Learning Center, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission of empowering children with visual impairments and other disabilities to achieve their fullest potential. Areas of service include Early Intervention, Education + Enrichment, and Family Support, which all aim to help children, no matter their abilities, live full and rewarding lives. The Beyond Blindness team embraces a people-first approach and values family, connection, impact, inclusion, stewardship, and optimism.

Environmental Nature Center

Environmental Nature Center provides nature-based programs to students and teachers.

Society of Women Engineers, Orange County

Empower women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders; expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion.

Child Creativity Lab

Child Creativity Lab is dedicated to teaching STEM subjects through artistic creativity. Our goal is putting the A into STEAM. We use kits containing upcycled materials alongside expertly crafted lesson plans to encourage creative thinking and problem solving in children. CCL can bring these experiences wherever they are needed.

TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity

TGR Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit. Our mission is to empower youth through education, and we provide resources and support to help under-resourced students thrive. Mentorship, career guidance, specialized workshops and one-on-one support allow us to meet the needs of the whole student on their path to success.

Orange Department of Education

OCDE’s vision, outlined in its most recent Strategic Plan, is that “Orange County students will lead the nation in college and career readiness and success.” OCDE works to achieve this goal and support state and national initiatives through a number of STEM-related programs and partnerships with local districts and businesses.

Orange County Council, BSA

The Orange County Council, BSA (OCBSA) is a premier youth development program for all youth that uses the outdoors as a program delivery vehicle. There are programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math through fun and hands on experiential activities while developing character, leadership skills, and citizenship.

Our Mission: Fostering STEAM Exploration

At the Octane Foundation for Innovation, we are committed to encouraging students like you to explore the endless possibilities in STEAM fields. With the support of the OC Community College Business & Entrepreneurship initiative, we’ve collaborated with Orange County educators and various STEAM organizations to curate a comprehensive “catalog” of opportunities.

Your Path to Success: A Curated STEAM Catalog

Our curated “catalog” spans from pre-K through early career stages, ensuring that learners of all ages can find STEAM experiences tailored to their interests and ambitions. Whether you’re into coding, robotics, art, or environmental sciences, we’ve got you covered!

Accessible to All: Bridging the Gap

We believe that every aspiring innovator deserves access to quality STEAM resources, regardless of their background or circumstances. That’s why we are committed to making this catalog readily available to everyone, including underserved and underrepresented populations in Orange County. Together, we strive to inspire a diverse talent base and open doors to exciting STEAM jobs and careers.

Join the STEAM Ahead Revolution Today

Ready to embark on a journey of discovery and learning? Browse our curated catalog, find the perfect STEAM opportunities, and unleash your potential as a future innovator. Start exploring today and shape your tomorrow with STEAM Ahead!

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