- Increase awareness and interest in STEM opportunities and careers
- Increase STEM proficiency
- Increase persistence in STEM education and career pathways
- 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.
2015 – 2016 Overview
- Location: Harlandale, Terrell Wells, Kingsborough, and Leal Middle Schools (Harlandale ISD)
- Students Served: 191
- Sessions offered: 32 weeks
2015 – 2016 Overview
- Location: 22 elementary, middle, and high schools across 8 districts in San Antonio
- Students Served: 219
- Sessions offered: 6 – 8 weeks
Natasha 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.
- 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
- Monday: Leal Middle School
- Tuesday: Terrell Wells Middle School
- Wednesday: Kingsborough MS
- Thursday: Harlandale MS
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 email@example.com.