STEMpunk™ sparks the imaginations of artists & engineers of all ages through Programs that are engaging and distinctive.
What is STEMpunk?
STEMpunk is a set of innovative and interactive STEM+Arts & Humanities Programs that provide hands-on experiences using vintage 17th to early 20th century technologies to engage modern STEM topics while also exploring History, Social Studies, Language Arts, and the analog roots of our digital era. In addition to building STEM mastery, our programming demonstrates how the past's technological and social structures underpin our modern world. Our offerings are for audiences from ages 8 to 108, incorporate designs that map to State Common Core, and have themes that draw from the Steampunk literary genre. The question at this point usually is...
What is Steampunk?
Steampunk is a brand of retro-futuristic science fiction inspired by the Victorian era and the writings of Jules Vern. Its narratives employ social critiques and its storylines ask the question, "What would the past look like if aspects of the future's technology or society had existed in the past?" STEMpunk is a wordplay describing our STEM+Arts focus paired with Steampunk themes. Though not all of our Programs are strictly Steampunk, all exhibit the genre's hallmarks of playfulness and fluid boundaries.
Emphasis on students' access to cutting-edge technology in education overlooks how valuable some of yesteryear's tech can be in helping students (and their teachers) engage with and even innovate in STEM+Arts & Humanities topics. STEMpunk's hands-on programming uses analog equipment and science artifacts from the 17th to early 20th centuries to help students not only build proficiency in key STEM concepts, but also appreciate their historical and social contexts and evolution.
If after exploring our Programs you 'd like to ask a library, museum, school, or other group to host a STEMpunk offering, download our Introducing STEMpunk flyer then visit the Programs page and download a Program Description/Common Core Map (links are under the descriptions and on the individual Program Details pages). You could even download our full Program Catalog. Submit the flyer and descriptions or the full catalog to an organization's programming coordinator along with your request. Or just Contact Us.
If you're an educator looking for ways to pay for STEMpunk programming in your classroom, please take some time to explore potential Funding Options that can bring our unique hands-on learning experiences to your students at little or no cost to you or your school.
Not only do we create our own programming, we work with you to design and deliver STEMpunk programs based on your topics. Contact us to see how we can Partner for success. View our Programs to see past inspirations and collaborations or visit Testimonials to learn what others say about working with us. You can also find out Who We Are or preview future Projects.