E3 Learning Partners was first founded in December 2019 and was originally named Youth Innovation Club. Our vision was to bringing hands on curriculum and STEAM mentors to work with local middle schoolers, to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, innovators, and leaders. The experience of pivoting through a pandemic has directed us to focus our effort on addressing equity in education. Since the beginning of the 2020 school year, we have been providing many services to support local junior high school students in science and math, and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students and teachers.
Our goals are:
1. to attract students and maintain their interest in STEM fields at an early age;
2. to open up opportunities and resources to students from low-income households or other circumstances that have traditionally held them back.
We aim to achieve these goals by providing outside resources to supplement and enhance those available to students through their schools.
Connecting Local Resources to Our Schools
The greater Santa Barbara area is home to a world-class research university as well as numerous high tech corporations ranging from small start-ups to larger public companies. Consequently, there is a sizeable group of people in the area that both possess the technical expertise to provide guidance and mentorship in STEM fields and are looking to give back to the community that is their home. Many of these individuals also have young children in our schools, and so are particularly motivated to provide support in these areas. Our founder established and continues to grow this network through her many years working in local tech industry coupled with the various STEM outreach programs that she has run.
Our programs focus on connecting the local science and tech community to local junior high schools, and showing young generation the power of STEM and how that is changing lives all over the world. These programs and events also provide students opportunities to meet professionals in the STEM fields who are relatable role models. A single encounter may not have much influence, but when more opportunities are presented to them, collectively there will be impacts.
SCIENTISTS SPARK PASSION FOR SCIENCE AT LOCAL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS