"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
- Nelson Mandela
The Perfect Team
Back in 2005, Natasha and Claire met in college at Freshman Fish camp, discovered they were both studying aerospace engineering, did some crazy dance moves, and never looked back! They became roommates, study partners, and basically inseparable (nicknamed "Clasha"), as they navigated the long days and nights of becoming an engineer.
They soon discovered a shared passion for STEM education. Throughout their tenure as classmates and roommates, they found their place in school, and in life, was to not only become engineers but to share with others the opportunities and knowledge that contributed to their success. Together, they led student organizations, developed a freshman engineering mentoring program, and organized outreach service events with the goal to support future engineers. They eventually graduated with degrees in Aerospace Engineering and are proud members of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2009, whoop!
Although their daytime hours have been consumed with real-world engineering jobs, their desire to inspire young minds by bringing STEM education to life has never been greater!
STEM Project Director at Communities In Schools of San Antonio.
Former spectrum engineer for the Department of Defense.
Married to her wonderful and nerdy husband, Justin. Met as Aerospace classmates.
Mom to a sweet daughter and silly pug.
Fluent in Greek, but still working on those Greek cooking skills.
STEM educator and museum director.
Former Aerospace Engineer at the world's leading manufacturer of agricultural airplanes - Air Tractor, Inc.
Loves being a wife to her engineer husband DJ, and a mommy to their two sweet and spunky daughters.
Can't go a day without chocolate! And why would anyone want to?
Successful STEM education is an empowering interdisciplinary approach that brings math and science concepts to life through challenging opportunities that mimic the complexities and excitement of the real world of STEM. Every teacher or parent can incorporate STEM into their classroom or home given the right resources, and that is where Vivify comes in! We love creating STEM materials and are excited to bring STEM to more classrooms and homes!
What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This new field of education is sweeping all grades from pre-school to senior year of high school.
Taken separately, STEM subjects are defined as follows by the National Research Council:
Science Study of the natural world, including laws of nature associated with physics, chemistry, and biology and the treatment or application of facts, principles, concepts, or conventions associated with these disciplines.
Technology Comprises the entire system of people and organizations, knowledge, processes, and devices that go into creating and operating technological artifacts, as well as the artifacts themselves.
Engineering A body of knowledge about the design and creation of products and a process for solving problems. Engineering utilizes concepts in science and mathematics and technological tools.
Mathematics The study of patterns and relationships among quantities, numbers, and shapes. Includes theoretical and applied mathematics.
The magic happens when STEM subjects are brought together.
STEM education is a new approach to learning that brings subjects together as they appear in the real world. What separates STEM from the traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment where students take the lead. Project-based learning is fundamental to STEM along with showing how the scientific method and engineering design process can be applied to everyday life. Students gain critical understanding of solving problems based on real world connections.
STEM transforms classrooms into an exciting world of curiosity, problem solving, and creativity. Students take ownership of their learning and become actively engaged in the curriculum. Negative connotations of STEM are removed, which not only encourages more students to pursue STEM career, but fosters a population more open to analysis and exploration of the world around us.