Mighty Kids STEM Preschool and Enrichment Center

Woman-owned STEM preschool and enrichment center brings traditional & STEM learning to preschoolers with fewer rules and more innovation

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Project Description

  • The mission of Mighty Kids is to provide a well-rounded early childhood education that is Academic, STEM, and play-based. We teach Kindergarten-readiness in the traditional subjects but add an additional element of STEM. We would like to start branching out and offering our unique program in more locations as well as bundle our unique curriculum to sell to other entrepreneurs who want to help us educate our future innovators.
  • When the founder was searching her community for a STEM preschool, she noticed that almost every school said that they incorporate STEM into their program but upon further examination, it became clear that they don't actually include any STEM into their program beyond any other traditional preschool, they only used this acronym on their promotional materials as a way to catch people's eye. When searching for a curriculum for STEM preschool online, it was completely nonexistent. It is estimated that there will be 1 million more jobs in STEM-related fields than we will be able to produce talent for in the next decade. Our founder recently spoke with the spouse of a hiring manager at a major tech company about how hiring managers are forlorn about the lack of creativity in the talent pool applying for tech jobs is discouraging. This needs to change. The other problem is that STEM schools that are available for older children are almost all run by men. Mighty Kids seeks to show girls and boys alike that it is normal to be around women in a STEM environment and to see women excelling in these areas. 
  • Over the past five years, the Early Childhood Education industry in the US has grown by 3.2% to reach revenue of $53 Billion in 2018. In the same timeframe, the number of US businesses has declined by -0.5% and the number of employees has grown by 1.0%. With the eagerness we've seen from parents for their children to be exposed to STEM concepts combined with the lack of STEM preschools, we estimate the potential to be staggering for both expanding our Centers and productizing our curriculum. 
  • Our staff has experience in bringing these fields of study to children on and off the screen and into the classroom with science experiments, engineering projects, and hands-on mathematics manipulatives and tools. Playtime includes toys and games that can help build pathways needed in a child’s brain to help them learn STEM concepts more easily later in life, but they will just know they’re having fun! Giving children a flexible, fun and caring environment in which to learn, we are helping to shape our future scientists, designers, and engineers. By exposing our kiddos to capable women in STEM, we are helping to give the next generation a more balanced sense of the benefit of both hiring and working for Women in STEM fields. We also incorporate art, music and movement as a way to help children retain information learned and channel it into more creative paths. 
  • We are seeking funding to help with the purchase of toys and science supplies for our facility, for our lease, to hire more teachers so we can expand and to put our resources into putting our curriculum into a form that we can make widely available to other teachers and entrepreneurs. 
  • Our team is comprised solely of women at the moment and we are proud to hire as many capable and talented women as possible to change the landscape of what is considered normal in STEM fields. 
  • Thank you so much for any contribution to this product large or small. We are dedicated to raising up a generation of creative, socially conscious innovators ready to build the technologies we cannot yet imagine!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is STEM? Stem Stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
  • How do you teach STEM to small children? When children are small, we don't sit them in front of a computer and make them write lines of code. We work by using this time when their brains are still developing to help them form pathways for teamwork, creativity, innovation, and cause and effect using a variety of materials and experiments. My favorite example of this is a game we like to play in class. A 'twister'-like mat is layed on the floor and the children take turns being the "robot" and the "programmer". The programmer must use cards with arrows and instructions on them to get the "robot" to the end circle using these cards in any order they please. If the "robot" gets to a spot where the path doesn't make sense, the "programmer" is responsible for fixing the bugs and setting the "robot" back on the right path to completing the program.
  • What are the benefits of STEM learning in small children? Recent Studies have shown that early knowledge of Science not only predicts the child's future success in STEM fields, but is also a predictor of future success in reading as well. Also, it is estimated that there are going to be 1 Million more job openings in STEM fields in the next decade than we will be able to fill at the current rate. We need to be training children interested in STEM now to fill the void of talent in the future. Maybe more females in STEM will just the solution to this type of problem, just a thought...

 

 

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