The mission of HOLA’s Scientific Arts Program is to provide students with project-based learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), facilitate creative engagement with technology and foster a supportive learning community.
HOLA’s Scientific Arts Program provides free after-school classes in STEM topics for more than 100 elementary, middle school and high school students each quarter. The program is grounded in Maker-style education, a distinct inspiration- and interest-driven movement that uses hands-on DIY projects to help students learn 21st-century skills and facilitates children solving their own design problems. Students not only learn skills and subject-matter information, but also boost their non cognitive abilities, analytical thinking, resilience and self-motivation.
STEAM (Science, Technology, ENGINEERING, Arts, MATHEMATICs)
No area is growing faster, nor is more in need of skilled workers, than STEM-related fields. In 2014, there were 8.3 million STEM jobs in the United States, representing more than 6% of total U.S. employment. In California, this percentage is far higher, at more than 13%. Moreover, the President’s Council on Science and Technology anticipates that STEM job creation will outpace STEM degrees by 1.1 million over the next decade. In light of the need for quality STEM education and the positive impact it can have by bolstering a holistic education, piquing creative curiosity and introducing competitive and relevant career paths, HOLA’s Scientific Arts Program encourages underserved and at-risk students to explore STEM subjects and engage with the world around them through science and technology.