STEM Enrichment Program

Our goal is to provide K-12 at-risk youth across San Antonio the opportunity to explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Contact us to learn more about our programs or for information on volunteering.
  1. Increase awareness and interest in STEM opportunities and careers
  2. Increase STEM proficiency
  3. Increase persistence in STEM education and career pathways
  4. Improve behavior, academics, and attendance

In 2015, the Tesoro Foundation funded 9 grantees across the country to facilities after-school STEM programming for middle school students. Through the Tesoro STEM Academy, the Foundation seeks to increase students’ awareness, understanding and interest in STEM-related concepts, and post-second educational opportunities and careers.  Tesoro STEM Academy programs also seek to impact and raise students’ math and science proficiencies and their persistence or intent to continue in post-secondary STEM course and career pathways.

Space Club is a year-long after school program that aims to inspire and engage students through hands-on projects centered on engineering and space exploration. Curriculum is designed and led by the CIS-SA STEM Project Director who holds a BS in aerospace engineering. Projects are connected to real-world applications through bi-annual field trips and ongoing mentoring with STEM professionals. Past projects inclde: Egg Drop Rocket Competition, Model rockets, Weather Balloon Launch, 3D Printing Challenge, Mars Colony Competition,

2015 – 2016 Overview

  • Location: Harlandale, Terrell Wells, Kingsborough, and Leal Middle Schools (Harlandale ISD)
  • Students Served: 191
  • Sessions offered: 32 weeks
Launchpad is an out of school time program that aims to introduce and excite students about STEM subjects and careers. The curriculum is designed for CIS-SA site coordinators to lead a small group of at-risk youth. STEM concepts and careers are explained through videos followed by a hands-on science or engineering activity. Each week focuses on a different STEM theme including: space exploration, robotics, and STEM careers.

2015 – 2016 Overview

  • Location: 22 elementary, middle, and high schools across 8 districts in San Antonio
  • Students Served: 219
  • Sessions offered: 6 – 8 weeks

wilkerson-natashaNatasha Wilkerson, STEM Project Director

Natasha Wilkerson is passionate about providing quality STEM learning opportunities to at-risk youth. As the Communities In Schools of San Antonio STEM Project Director, Natasha develops and implements STEM programs throughout San Antonio including an afterschool Space Club program for 200 middle school students in Harlandale ISD. She collaborates with school districts and local organizations to expand STEM programming and impact through curriculum development, program partnerships, and outreach events. Prior to CIS-SA, Natasha worked as an engineer for the Department of Defense including nanomaterials research, Navy radar electromagnetic interference testing, and satellite spectrum management.  Natasha has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Students Served: 

  • Harlandale ISD Space Club: 191
  • Harlandale ISD STEM Family Night participants: 1,318
  • Launchpad STEM Group: 219
  • STEM Outreach programming: 1,890

Space Club Student Outcomes: 

  • 100% improvement in academics for at-risk students
  • 94% improvement in behavior for at-risk students
  • 94% of students plan to return to Space Club next year
  • 84% of plan to enroll in a STEM pathway in high school

Click here for CIS-SA STEM Outcomes Report

Thank you for your interest in supporting a STEM Program! Read below to learn more about different volunteer opportunities.  

Weekly Mentoring: Space Club

Middle school students meet weekly to learn about space exploration and engage in engineering projects including: rocketry, 3D printing, weather balloon, and lunar colony design. No prior teaching or STEM experience required.

Weekly meetings from 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Weekly Mentoring: Robotics Club

Robotics Club involves supporting students through programming and building projects using Lego Mindstorms kits. Student teams will compete in First Lego League and other competitions throughout the year.

Weekly meetings from 4:00 – 6:00 PM starting September 19th.

One-Time Volunteer: STEM Family Nights

One-time volunteers can support STEM Family Nights at elementary and middle schools across San Antonio. Volunteers will guide students through hands-on STEM activities at various stations throughout the school.

One-time Volunteering: Career Speaker

Guest speakers are always welcome to address groups of students on various STEM career opportunities. Arrangements can be made for targeted grade levels and district.

For more information on these opportunities, contact Natasha Wilkerson at 

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Interested in supporting our STEM efforts? All donations will be used towards program supplies in a San Antonio CIS STEM program. Click the Donate Button. When the form appears, type “STEM” under Purpose. We appreciate your contribution!

Space Club Students at Harlandale ISD
Participants in STEM Family Nights
Campuses with Launchpad STEM Groups