At uniteSTEM, we believe everyone deserves access to high-quality STEM education.
We know that the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) can seem intimidating. The truth is, they don’t have to be. No matter who you are, your zip code, or what resources your district has available — STEM learning is for you.
uniteSTEM was born out of an undeniable need for equity. As educators, it broke our hearts to see entire school districts struggling to offer high-quality, experiential STEM learning. Barriers like lack of knowledge, funding, and materials were keeping youth in our region from exploring and mastering new skills and ways of thinking.
After a decade of research, observation, and attempts to tackle this problem from within higher education, we realized that the best way to address the complex needs of youth, families, and educators was to create one self-sustaining organization offering everything from experiential learning to materials and more.
Our Educational Learning Lab gives youth, families, and educators access to tools, technology, and integrated STEM instruction. Local students can drop in or sign up for a class or workshop. We support teachers through professional development, curricula, lesson plans, and materials. Additionally, we give industry partners ways to get involved through monetary support, in-kind donations, and volunteer opportunities.
We’re on a mission to make STEM learning more relevant, inclusive, and fun with community-focused, project-based learning in a safe, supportive environment. We hope you’ll join us!
Frank Norton & Andrea Pisani, Co-Founders
Our Core Values
uniteSTEM is a nonprofit driven by the belief that everyone deserves access to excellent STEM education. We offer a comprehensive ecosystem of resources and programming designed to remove barriers to STEM learning in the Ypsilanti area. Our project-based approach prepares students to solve real-world problems with creativity, curiosity, and confidence.