iSPACE ignites passion for Science and Technology to prepare all learners to thrive in tomorrow’s workforce.
iSPACE, the STEM Learning Place, a non-profit organization, serving the Greater Cincinnati Region, makes learning exciting by providing engaging Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs to schools, families and the community. iSPACE programs are aligned with national and state educational standards and complement teaching curricula but they reach beyond the formal classroom setting to spark curiosity and inspire interest in STEM. iSPACE uses best practices in innovative programs to help students and educators build confidence and interest in STEM knowledge and careers. Programs and partnerships are designed to fill the region’s future workforce in manufacturing, technology, research, health care and other STEM-related fields.
Participants explore robotics, rocketry, and more. They engage in active, hands-on problem solving and team-based projects, building the skills and confidence they’ll need in their future and as they join our region’s workforce with careers in manufacturing, technology, research, health care, etc.
iSPACE makes an impact in over 500 classrooms yearly. Our programs are aligned with national and state educational standards and complement classroom curriculum.
2016 iSPACE Highlights
In 2016, iSPACE experienced its own “Big Bang”, expanding our universe in multiple ways…
- Moved to larger facility
- Provided Summer Camps for 650 K-12 students (+8% vs. 2015)
- Served over 6,000 K-12 students via field trips (+41% vs. 2015)
All of this was made possible by the generosity of supporters like you. Grant income continued to be strong in 2016 – a testament to the quality and value of the programs we offer.
In addition, individual contributions were up 44% vs 2015.
iSPACE students talk to an Astronaut on the International Space Station
On Saturday, October 8, 2016, a crowd of over 100 gathered at iSPACE for an historic opportunity to talk with Astronaut Kate Rubins while she orbited the earth on the International Space Station. The activity was part of the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) Program, which promotes learning opportunities as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiative. Students were able to ask questions of Astronaut Kate Rubins with help from the West Chester Amateur Radio Association from the Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting.
iSPACE was awarded the inaugural Ingage Partners Social Impact Fund Award
Ingage Partners Social Impact Fund awarded $15,500 and 200 hours of volunteer time to iSPACE in the first Ingage Partners Social Impact Fund Award. iSPACE will use the funds and volunteer hours for curriculum development for the IGNITE Engineering program. iSPACE’s IGNITE Engineering is a program intended for kindergarten through sixth-grade students to learn to become problem solvers while learning science, technology, engineering and math concepts and skills.
iSPACE moves to a new home
In June, 2016, iSPACE relocated to a new building located at 100 Scarlet Oaks Drive. The move more than triples the educational space and sets iSPACE up for expanding programs in 2017 and beyond. Our location remains on the Great Oaks campus and we are excited to continue the long-standing partnership with Great Oaks to deliver our educational programs in a much improved setting.