driven by excellence for all
This Science Fairy was seeded from the kitchen of a family homelessness shelter. The social enterprise (a mission-run business) was Common Cause Catering. I got to know Jeff Zearfoss and Melissa Lofton. A couple years later I wanted to start a business myself. Many less and less ugly ideas down the road, I landed on STEM inspiration for kids. The start-up community for social impact businesses is rich in talent and in practice in Colorado Springs (see CCSI with BBB of Southern Colorado). Social Impacts run like a business, but with a charity mission they achieve more in both profit and not-for-profit sectors. I needed to journey through entrepreneurship, that Science Fairy is that lesson and more, especially as a social impact business)
In my surveys, “I’m bad at math” comes from the mouths of adults often. When it comes from kids, it breaks my heart. More often I hear this statement from lower-income friends. Every test, every admissions exam sets the bar with a math test. Only with a coach or pricy tutor, does one escape the math trap (a great hack though is Khan Academy). My aim is to provide concrete context around the jump to needed abstract thinking in math.
Furthermore, society teaches math and science to girls, yet the majority of young women drop a science major. STEM needs women. STEM needs American minorities (if the movie Hidden Figures hasn’t already shown you)
The Science Fairy mission is to propel the economic potential within the next generation with STEM. This need for parents where hands-on experience leads to higher learning with children having all 9 types of intelligence (Gardner, 2006). STEM discipline is a big asset in most fields. I believe all children, regardless of color or upbringing or of income, have the right to the excellent opportunity in meaningful STEM experiences. As a maker of such experiences, I strongly consider hope for the future—in all aspects.