October 2021 C-STEM Newsletter

Message from Dr. Reagan Flowers

Promising STEM Careers Don’t Always Require a Degree

Here at C-STEM, we focus on K-12 STEM education, often with the goal of a college degree. Ultimately, we strive to give underrepresented students the opportunities they need to establish fulfilling careers and turn the tide for the next generation of students. However, with STEM careers continuing to multiply faster than ever, we’re finding that some of these careers do not need a college degree. In fact, many of these jobs are paying more than those that require a degree.  Read the Full Article…


Opportunities & Deadlines

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Watch this section for great opportunities coming up or closing soon.

Registration Now Open for WISE 2021 Summit
World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is hosting its global summit Dec. 7-9 in Doha, Qatar, but participants are welcome to attend virtually.  This year’s theme is “Generation Unmute: Reclaiming our Future through Education.” Registrations and proposals are now being accepted for the event.
Virtual Event
Dec. 7 – 9
Change Happens Annual Fall Luncheon

The Next Chapter Towards Change: Unlocking possibilities. Leading. Transforming.
Nov. 5
11:30 a.m.
The Junior League of Houston, Inc.
Register to attend virtually or in person.

ARISE Drone Engineering Challenge

Aerial Robotics in STEM Education (ARISE) Drone Engineering Challenge is a drone design competition developed by teachers for teachers. The competition is based around a semester-long capstone engineering course on drones.

Kick off on October 30 – pre-registration required
10:00 a.m. – Noon via Zoom
Register here.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation 2021 Youth Awards Educational Grants Program

The HHF is now accepting applications for the 23rd Annual Youth Awards, which will award students who are the graduating class of 2022 with up to $4000 in educational grants to fund their higher education or to fund a community-based project.

Apply here by Nov. 14.

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This Month’s Highlights

How You Can Help: Gift of Robotics, Holiday Social, Amazon Smile

Everything we’ve been able to accomplish over the past two decades is thanks to the support of our C-STEM family. We ask that you please consider helping us once again as we head into the holiday season.

Here’s 3 ways you can help:

  1. Please help Cloth & Cord this holiday season by donating through December 3 to provide preschoolers with Robotics Toolkits. Donate here.
  2. Save the date for our Dec. 16 Holiday Social. More info to come!
  3. Choose C-STEM as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile. We’ll receive a small donation for the purchases you make!

Thank you in advance for continuing to support our mission of making STEM education accessible for all K-12 students!

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This Month’s Spotlight

Live, Learn, and Inspire STEM Early

As we gear-up for National STEM Day, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the early STEM work LJ Henderson is leading in the greater Houston area.  As the founder of Little Stem Academy, “Henderson believes the best way to begin is at the beginning with PreK appropriate programs to make STEM a part of everyday life. Researchers agree the brain is 90% developed by age 5 and the gap in learning appears as early as kindergarten and first grade, implicating that the study of concepts in math and science should be a strong component of the preschool curriculum.”  Read more…


Blast From the Past Corner

We get the biggest joy going back down memory lane. C-STEM has touched so many lives. We have been serving communities near and far for more than two decades. It is our hope that this memory places a smile on your face and warms your heart. This month, we’re bringing you a highlight video of our 2016 Challenge Day that was hosted in Detroit and Houston.

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C-STEM Upcoming Events


The Gift of Robotics This Holiday Season!

Please help Cloth & Cord this holiday season by donating, October 11th – December 3rd, to provide preschoolers with Robotics Toolkits.

Find out more…


11th Annual C-STEM Holiday Social

Save The Date!!!

From 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM Timezone: Central Central Time (US & Canada), Mexico City time

At Five Woods, LLC

Find out more…


10th Annual State of STEM Education Stakeholder Breakfast

The 10th Annual State of STEM Education Stakeholder Breakfast brings together P-12 schools, higher education, professional organizations, corporations, and public servant leaders to receive updates on C-STEM’s community impact and the current state of STEM education.

From 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM Timezone: Central Central Time (US & Canada), Mexico City time



See all upcoming events here

Thank You to Our Sponsors and Partners

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Michael Aldridge
Shomari Williams
Joi Beasley
Zawadi Bryant
Bobby Bryant
Lucy Bremond
Antonio ‘Tony’ Canales
LaQuita Cyprian
Laolu Davies Yemitan
Gayle Fallon
Ruthie Esene
Michael Harris
Renee Logans
David Medina
Antoinette Jackson
Scott Minnix
Dr. Sandra Saldana Ortega
Susan Taylor
Dr. Frazier Wilson
Syalisa Winata
Ross Peters
Dr. Robert Satcher
Charles Samuel
Miloni Shah
Cherrilyn B. Nedd
Dr. Martina Ogbonna
Dr. Letitia Franklin Ozoude

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