STEM & Buds x Music

Join us with our STEM x Music Enrichment project, aiming to foster the inner musician and scientist within us all! We're welcoming anyone who has a passion for music and an interest in science to sign up. Over the course of one month, we will talk about a variety of different science concepts as they relate to music, get familiar with a free online music production software, and even create an original song!

If you are interested in joining our workshop series as a high school mentor or student (grades 5-8), please fill out the applications below as soon as possible! The series will run for four Saturdays from mid-April to mid-May (April 17 & 24 / May 1 & 8 from 2 to 4 PM EST).

Transitional Homes Initiative

STEM & Buds has recently begun working with transitional homes across the Pittsburgh area to improve accessibility to cost-free STEM enrichment opportunities. High-school mentors pair with students (grades 1 to 8) to brainstorm, develop, and execute science-based projects tailored towards solving local social issues.

If you are interested in joining our programs as a mentor, please fill out the interest form below as soon as possible!

BCAP x STEM & Buds

STEM & Buds has partnered with the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh to provide cost-free educational enrichment and mentorship opportunities to local Bhutanese refugees. Through this year-round after-school program, students in grades 1 through 8 will be paired with high-school mentors to ideate, develop, and implement their own research-based, social impact project.

Sessions last from 4 to 6 PM EST every Friday. Our curriculum covers exploratory lessons, brainstorming workshops, and incubator-style seminars. If you are interested in joining our program as either a mentor or student, please fill out the interest form below as soon as possible!

STEM & Gems

STEM & Gems is a for-girls, by-girls initiative geared towards elementary school students to prevent the gender gap in STEM. In a rapidly changing world, we hope to break cultural norms, encourage young girls to pursue their passions in STEM, and inspire the next generation of bold, unapologetic leaders. This cost-free program consists of after-school, virtual, weekly, hour-long sessions with hands-on activities and experiments running from mid-October to the end of May.

Our curriculum spans a variety of topics in STEM ranging from introductory coding activities to designing spaceships; mini baking sessions to drawing tessellations; analyzing Minecraft to creating lip balm. The sessions consist of follow-along lessons, workshops, female guest speakers, discussions, and more!

Online Tutoring

With many students now relying on remote learning for coursework, giving kids a platform to ask questions and receive individualized instruction has become our priority. Through our newly launched Online Mentoring program, students in grades 4-8 will be paired with a high school mentor for one or more cost-free tutoring sessions during the week to help with any math or science-related curricula. Please fill out the following form to register and we will get back to you within a week!


STEM & Buds x Team Nebula Conference

February 20th, 2021

STEM & Buds is co-hosting a day-long conference centered around four prevalent topics: Climate & Environment, Mental Health, Technology & Ethics, and Health & Society. During the first session (11:00 AM - 1:30 PM ET), middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school volunteers (grades 9-12) will explore major ideas, issues, and innovations in each subfield with mentorship from student leaders, undergraduate/graduate students, and professionals. During the second session (2:30 PM - 4:30 PM ET), high school volunteers will help middle school students ideate, develop, and present research-based solutions focused on one of the conference's topics. We hope to see you there!

Wildfire Workshop

January 16th, 2021

STEM & Buds hosted a day-long seminar for high school mentors and middle school students to explore causes, effects, and solutions for the devestating California Wildfires this past year.

RedChairPgh x STEM & Buds

December 19th, 2020

RedChairPGH and STEM & Buds came together (virtually) to connect high school students with mentors in the dynamic disciplines including: technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, healthcare, and more!

PTC Virtual STEM Summit 2020 - Part 2

October 5 to 16, 2020

Alongside the Pittsburgh Technology Council, STEM & Buds cohosted a city-wide virtual summit featuring speakers sharing their experience as leaders from various STEM industries and an interactive Q&A session with student panelists.

Computer Science Workshop - Greater Toronto Area

October 10, 2020

The GTA STEM & Buds Region hosted a workshop including introductory presentations on the basics of coding and comp sci theory, a Google Doodles activity with mentors, custom-made bracelets, and a competition where they can potentially get special awards.

Engage STEM East Brunswick Hackathon

August 15 & 16, 2020

STEM & Buds sponsored a virtual, 24-hour hackathon in partnership with Engage STEM and First Robotics in East Brunswick, New Jersey! The event featured workshops in Python, Web Development, Arduino, and Java.

Our Planet, Our Purpose: STEM for Changemaking Challenge - Ashoka & General Motors

July 22 to July 24, 2020

The STEM & Buds leadership board was lucky enough to be one of 25 youth teams across the country selected as Challenge Winners! The criteria included changemaker quality, creativity, and comittment. During the three-day awards summit, our team was able to partake in mentorship sessions, storytelling workshops, leadership seminars, and a keynote by guest speaker Jane Goodall.

PTC Virtual STEM Summit 2020

May 28 to June 5, 2020

Partnering with the Pittsburgh Technology Council, STEM & Buds leaders served as student panelists alongside representatives from major tech companies during this seven-day event for students and educators across the city. This cost-free exploratory series aimed to spark interest in STEM career paths for students from all walks of life.

Virtual Digital Divide Event

June 3, 2020

During this time of social distancing, and consequently, remote learning, access to technology to stay connected is critical. Unfortunately, due to an already existing Digital Divide, differences in technological access and skillsets due to gender, ethnicity, socioeconomics, and language are exacerbated.

In this Digital Divide Workshop on Wednesday, June 3rd, middle school and high school students will be able to ask questions about these topics to an expert discussion panel, including nonprofit leaders, political candidates, and company executives. Then, students will have the opportunity to work together in small groups to brainstorm ideas and design a project to tackle a facet of the Digital Divide (more specifications of the challenge will be shared on the day of).

The discussion panel will last from 2 to 3 PM, and the project portion will proceed from 3 to 5 PM. We are looking for middle school students who are interested in learning about the Digital Divide, as well as high school students who would like to volunteer as mentors during project creation. Any members of the community who are interested are welcome to participate in either part of the workshop!

The workshop will be pay-what-you-can, with all proceeds benefiting the organization "Beyond the Laptops", which seeks to tackle the Digital Divide in Pittsburgh!

Go Red Goes STEM PGH

November 8, 2019

In partnership with the American Heart Association, STEM & Buds organizers helped encourage young girls to engage in STEM fields during this day-long event at the Carnegie Art Museum. From hosting a booth to partipating in speed-mentorship activities, our team of female leaders felt so lucky to come together with students, teachers, and companies across our city in efforts to close the gender gap in the STEM industry.

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