Prairie STEM is an education-based 501(c)3 non-profit focused on improving critical thinking and creativity in all PK-12 students. Using STEM and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) integration combined with teacher professional development, students are empowered to understand their greatest value.
Prairie STEM accelerates learning and impacts underrepresented communities (urban, suburban, and rural) focusing on soft skills as well as hard skills to provide pathways for success by addressing challenges in diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels.
The goal of academic and essential skills building along with professional development for teachers is helping students understand their greatest value – themselves.
Organization’s Primary Goals, Programs or Services
Prairie STEM’s goal is to improve critical thinking and creativity in all students using STEM and SEL integration to engage and provide hands-on learning for optimal impact and sustainability. Working with certified teachers, Prairie STEM creates and teaches customized lessons aligned with district-approved curriculum. Whether in-school, after-school, in-person, or all-virtual, students looking for more STEM-centric learning experiences can see their inherent gifts and abilities shine. Professional development and continuing education is available for teachers looking to fulfill career enrichment or new program implementation. Working in collaboration with University of Nebraska (Omaha and Lincoln campuses), Omaha STEM Ecosystem and multiple public/private partnerships, our continuing mission to help students accelerate their learning is leveraged by supportive stakeholders and community sponsors.
Prairie STEM does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
Prairie STEM is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant.
Prairie STEM’s model combines the rigor and innovation of instructional leadership programs with authentic community partnerships and family engagement to transform regional economies through the talent development of all urban and rural students. This effort will cause for old paradigms to die. Transformational system-wide reforms will be needed which are driven by the needs of the future economy.
Prairie STEM is the connection between education and industry that makes an impact in the lives of every student that participates. Through high-frequency interactions and time with students, we work to create the greatest impact. We collaborate with vetted partners who have the same core values and objectives for helping students recognize their greatest asset is themselves. To fully appreciate the lessons of grit, determination and perseverance in both the workplace or life in general, it is important to understand that failure is a necessary component of success.
Real-Life Industry Partnerships
Research & Development