Engaging Students

STC programming engages students directly in rigorous, relevant, real-world experiences that ignite new passions and allow exploration into various career pathways. 

STC is working to realize a revitalized education to employment (e2e) pathway:


Building Real-World Learning (K-8) | STC works with elementary and middle schools to help infuse hands-on, challenge-based and project-based learning. Our most mature programs are Maker Programs that enable teachers to facilitate makerspaces that foster 21st century competencies and STEAM skills through projects, making, challenges, and inquiry. Run in partnership with MakerState, the Fellows program was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study the integration of this approach into elementary science classrooms.


Additionally, STC runs community-wide Design Days and Maker Pop-Ups for students throughout the year.

Career Skills (9-12) | STC helps high schools build out career pathway programs that align with CTE standards. This includes considerations of curriculum (i.e., 180 Skills’ online manufacturing programs), mentorship and internship programs, and real-world application of learning.

Additionally, STC runs a “Bridging the Education to Employment (e2e) Gap” program that connects high school students to real professionals and helps them learn about different careers, as well as about the job application and hiring process.