Explore. Experience. Engage.

Helping kids and young people explore, experience and engage with all things Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics!

Encouraging the exploration of STEAM opportunities and experiences for Orange County students.

We want to make it easier for our kids and young people to find the activities, events and programs that will help them explore and engage with STEAM – hopefully encouraging careers in STEAM fields.  

So with the support of OC Community College Business & Entrepreneurship initiative, Octane Foundation for Innovation worked with Orange County educators and STEAM organizations to consolidate this “catalog” of pre-K through early career events, activities and programs. 

We intend to make this “catalog” readily and easily available to everyone including underserved and underrepresented populations in Orange County because inspiring a more diverse talent base into STEAM jobs and careers is a priority.

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STEAM Categories

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.

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