MyStemKits and the Community

 In Community Events

It is our firm belief that we should be involved in our communities, both locally and globally, and giving back to them as much as we can. Today we highlight just a few opportunities we’ve had and the impact we’ve been able to make on our two local communities: Tallahassee, FL, and Atlanta, GA.

For starters, yes – we have two local communities. Our business and web-development team is headquartered in downtown Atlanta. Our content and curriculum team is headquartered in Tallahassee, FL, where our 3D modeler works with the team from FCR-STEM based out of Florida State University. So we get a chance to make an impact in both of those communities.

We understand that interacting with the community is imperative to our understanding the needs within the communities we serve. Whether it’s visiting classrooms or attending conferences, MyStemKits makes itself visible and approachable to the community.

Through classroom visits, MyStemKits provides students with the opportunity to observe and experiment with a variety of our STEM kits. From our Hoverpuck Kit and Rockets Kit, to our Coriolis Effect Kit and Teeter Totter Balance Kit, the kids get to explore a wide variety of subjects. These hands-on learning workshops challenge the students to think while playing, and motivate both creativity and confidence. They also reinforce to the participants that they can be and do anything, and open their eyes to the possibility of a future STEM career. We’ve visited classrooms and afterschool programs a number of times and always enjoy seeing the enthusiasm and joy of the students as they have fun learning about math and science principles.

In addition to visiting classrooms, we also seek out other ways to interact and give back to the community. Below are a few things we’ve been involved in.

Innovation Park and Mag Lab Open House participation – February 2015

Every year the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory hosts an open house, and since it’s right down the street from our Tallahassee office, we joined in with our own Open House in 2015. We launched rockets down the hallway and set up our typical booths, filled with toys for the community to come by and play with. Hundreds of families visit this and were very excited to watch our 3D printer in action, learn about our program, and play with our various STEM kits – and with all this excitement, we hardly had any time to take pictures!

Stacking Layers – February 2015 and 2016

This open-to-the-community event in Tallahassee is an annual 3D printing conference dedicated to informing our community about 3D printing technology and all the ways people in the community are using it. We set up booths each year and enjoyed as students from around the area came and experimented with our kits. The best part was when one of the other exhibitors had his four-year-old son stop by for an hour during a presentation. The boy spent the entire time playing with our kits as his Dad guided him and challenged him with different things to try. He had some really cool “aha” moments as he figured out our Pencil Catapult Kit and New York Balance Kit.

Conley Elementary’s STEAM Saturday – April, 2016

This was one of the most-fun days I’ve had that I’ve gotten to call “work.” One of our local elementary schools was having a STEAM Saturday as part of their applying for STEAM certification and invited us to come take part. The format was much more casual than anything we’d done before. Parents and their children were free to roam campus and we had a whole classroom to set up our kits. I set up stations at the various groups of tables and just set out a bunch of our elementary and middle school kits and let the children play and experiment. I set out a lot of kits that were open-ended in nature, kits that challenged the students to experiment and play. I would guide the students and parents on what to do with the kits and set up challenges for them to accomplish (and the parents quickly joined in, challenging their children with additional questions). But if you ask any of the kids, they were just playing. They didn’t even realize they were learning. Until you started asking “why” something worked the way it did.

Then you could see the gears turn. It was chaos and it was wonderful.


MyStemKits also attends various educational and technology conferences, including the open-to-the-public Georgia Educational Technology Conference earlier this month. These conferences allow MyStemKits to collect feedback from you – the teachers, IT directors, media specialists, librarians, principals and superintendents who are working to make a difference in education (oh, and the students who also attend!) Our goal is to serve you as best as we possibly can. These opportunities to connect with you face to face are instrumental to us being able to create something that will work exactly as you need it to. At conferences, we can not only how our kits, we can also provide walk-throughs of our website and showcase exactly how it works. Another reason we attend conferences is to allow you direct access to our kits. By visiting us at a conference, you’re able to see and interact with our library of kits rather than simply seeing images. We’ll be posting an article soon letting you know what conferences we’ll be attending so you can find out if we’ll be at one near you soon!


We also believe in making a difference in the world around us. So when we heard about a wonderful project we could do from our office that would impact someone worldwide, we had to participate. Our partner 3DPrinterOS  was running a challenge in conjunction with eNable to deliver 3D-printed prosthetic hands to children in need. 3DPrinterOS was looking for 1000 people with 3D printers to print the free designs and send them in to eNable for assembly and delivery to a child in need. But we didn’t want to just print one. We printed and donated three prosthetic hands. eNable is an amazing program and if you have a 3D printer, we highly encourage you to look into ways you can help by 3D printing one of their prosthetics. The difference these make in the lives of the children are amazing and we are proud to have been a part of this.

MyStemKits is built on the foundation it builds with the community. Through continuous interaction and a drive to perpetually improve access to quality, affordable education, MyStemKits and the community shall make a difference in the lives of many children.

INNOVATION PARK AND MAG LAB OPEN HOUSE PARTICIPATION – FEBRUARY 2015

Every year the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory hosts an open house, and since it’s right down the street from our Tallahassee office, we joined in with our own Open House in 2015. We launched rockets down the hallway and set up our typical booths, filled with toys for the community to come by and play with. Hundreds of families visit this and were very excited to watch our 3D printer in action, learn about our program, and play with our various STEM kits – and with all this excitement, we hardly had any time to take pictures!

SO, ARE YOU READY TO BE A PART OF THIS?

Ready to bring 3D printing into your school in a meaningful way?

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