STEMbassadors began in 2013 as an outreach initiative of Thomas Jefferson High School. It offers an opportunity for elementary and middle school youth across Northern Virginia to engage with their high school peers to share and be inspired by their love for all things STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). STEMbassadors facilitate STEM activities in elementary and middle school classrooms across the region and serve as role models for young learners.
This summer, STEMbassadors went virtual, creating and sharing dozens of video demonstrations of fun do-it-yourself experiments online. These experiments run the gamut from candy to oceans to volcanoes. With the generous support of Northrop Grumman, STEMbassadors also distributed kits containing the materials and instructions families need to follow along and try the experiments at home! Each kit contained enough materials for 19 experiments designed for elementary or middle school learners. The TJ Partnership Fund was able to distribute over 550 experiment kits, primarily to families in Title I schools. Click here to access tutorials for elementary school experiments and here to access middle school experiments.
Since its inception, the STEMbassadors program has served in over 100 schools and fostered an appreciation for STEM in countless students. To learn more about the program and its impact from those who participated in STEMbassadors in the past, click here.
For more information on the STEMbassadors program and other ways to get involved, please email Sean Nguyen '21 and Lynn Tao '23 at firstname.lastname@example.org.