Out of School Time



The United States (U.S.) industries and thriving communities value lie in maximizing its' human capital for sustained economic growth. One of the fastest growth sectors for the U.S. is hightech with its foundation resting in disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). A critical step in developing the knowledge based and skills of U.S. human capital start with an investment in educating our children and youth in STEM for lifelong learning.


Strong TIES offers programs to address a) inclusion and b) skills gap of under-represented and under-served

youth (i.e., African American, Latino, Native American, and girls). Unfortunately, this group of youth continue to lag behind in STEM achievement that is linked to accessing critical resources.


The first program offering is Turn Up for STEAM 2018 Annual Event that is scheduled to occur February 9-11, 2018 at Phoenix College. This program is designed to introduce students age 13-18 to STEM using the Arts as a gateway, hence STEAM. It comprises a weekend of STEAM engagement using culturally relevant tools, such as Hip-Hop, arts performance, digital designs for introducing students to computer science (i.e., computer coding), access to community leaders and mentors, and gaining critical resources for college preparation.


Turn Up for STEAM Summer Camps is a nationwide offering to corporate sponsors who desire to provide STEAM to employee youth (i.e., children of employees).


Turn Up for STEAM is a proud AZ SciTech Festival signature event.


The STEAM and Global Citizenship Program is a global immersion for girls ages 12-18 for contextualizing STEAM through culture and arts. This program is a sustainable framework offered to middle and high school students during Out of School Time (OST) . The mentoring-model component of the program  three hands-on, project based, and interactive modules; a) Digital Smart module will build skills in digital media, b) Innovation Smart module build skills for computing and digital design, and c) Community Smart module will give students the tools for emerging as STEM leaders in school and for civic involvement. After student's complete the mentoring-model they are candidates for experiencing STEAM around our globe-hence a trip to contextualize STEAM.