What's Happening?

What's Happening?

Operation STEM Xplor Ready for Take Off

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The community spoke, and we listened. An exciting new project is underway to help connect youth to STEM educational and career opportunities in the region. Thanks to your support, project STEM Xplor is under development and nearing final stages!

Last fall, The Schenectady Foundation and the STEM Alliance set out to raise $10,000 to build and launch phase one of STEM Xplor, a searchable database for STEM events and programs. The project emerged as a need to bridge the gap between under-resourced students in Schenectady with STEM opportunities in the Capital Region. The design of the database will offer user-friendly search features with its users in mind (teachers and students), as well as tools for event organizers to upload their information quickly and efficiently.

STEM Xplor is a partnership between the The Schenectady Foundation, the STEM Alliance and Can Code Cube, a web developer that employs graduates of Albany Can Code’s college-level web development classes.  What does that mean for us? We receive a professional-level product at a fraction of the market cost.

To date, the project has raised $7,400, which has put us into the development stage.

Behind-the-scenes: The development of the STEM Xplor website is progressing at a good pace. The development team is nearing completion of the site design and layout, and is beginning to test the event upload and search features. The site will be compatible for desktop users and mobile devices, and will function in a similar way to other popular publishing sites, but will include design elements intended to inspire and speak to a younger audience.

But we still have more work to do! If you know someone who may be interested in supporting this project or getting involved, we’d love to hear about them! Please contact STEM Alliance Project Director Nick Alteri at nalteri@schenectadyfoundation.org or call us at (518) 393-9500.

Stay tuned: Thanks to your financial commitment, STEM Xplor will soon be accessible to teachers and students in our community. Keep an eye out for an invitation to attend the STEM Xplor launch event, which is expected to be held later this spring.


A special thank you to our corporate sponsors for getting behind this innovative project!

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