STEM for Kids Central Virginia: Making STEM Real…and FUN!

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STEM for Kids® at Central Virginia Region provides educational enrichment in Robotics, Engineering and Computer Programming for children in grades K – 8 (elementary and middle school) through camps, after-school enrichment programs with FREE school pick up, after-school programs at schools, in-school field trips, and STEM workshops.

We serve Central Virginia territory that includes Henrico County, Chesterfield County, Hanover County, Richmond City, Goochland County, Mechanicsville, plus many more communities in the surrounding area.

I am Lakshmi Gunuru, owner and instructor, making STEM fun and real. I grew up in a small, farming village in rural southern India. I am one of the first few girls from my village to study engineering and earn a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In my 20+ years working as an engineer, my work touched naval systems, metal forging for fluid transmission systems, insurance, retail, financial sector, and software programming.

Throughout my life’s adventures, I have never forgotten my roots and remain passionate about guiding children, especially girls and underprivileged children, towards an education and career in science and technology.

My experience has led me to understand the significance of teaching children from a young age to think creatively, work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and think critically. Through research, I discovered the vast need in the world for students who are prepared to fill the ever-expanding job market in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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STEM for Kids brings the two ideas together by providing a place for children to expand their understanding of the STEM fields while having fun and gaining exposure to real world application.

Our activities make STEM REAL and FUN through hands-on activities that illustrate deep engineering concepts. I am excited about bringing the world of hands-on STEM as camps, after-school, and in-school programs in our community.

I have discovered that we can create sparks in young minds. 

The story of one student, Essence, is an example. Essence participated in a STEM For Kids’ after-school technology program and saw an improvement in her interest level in science. She said “I was not interested in science but now I am interested and my grade in science is improving”.

Currently, STEM for Kids Central Virginia is offering:

  • ‘Afterschool STEM program with FREE School pickup’ at our Nuckols Road center. Click here for more details.
  • Spring and Summer camps
  • STEM Saturdays and Sundays
  • Home School at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
  • We currently have partnerships with Richmond Montessori School, St. Edward Epiphany School, and Richmond Community Church, and look forward to offering our programs at many more schools

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We look forward to serving youth in your community!

About STEM for Kids Central Virginia

STEM for Kids® of Central Virginia is the Central Virginia franchisee of STEM For Kids®, now an international brand making STEM fun and real. President and CEO, Ms. Lakshmi Gunuru launched operations in Central Virginia in May 2018. Join their mailing list for fun, educational activities in Richmond City, Henrico, Chesterfield, Goochland, & Hanover Counties.

Content and images for this article were provides by STEM for Kids Central Virginia.