Oktane17: Even a Little Time Can Make a Huge Difference


Science, technology, and math courses can often be intimidating, but volunteers from Oktane17 found ways to make learning fun for children who participate in Girl Scouts and the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada.

In less than 90 minutes, a stream of Oktane17 attendees packed 150 unique S.T.E.M. kits that each contained 17 elementary circuitry components including Play-Doh, modeling clay, battery connectors, LED lights, fully assembled electric pinwheels, and more! 

Both organizations will use the kits as a core component supporting this fall's S.T.E.M. curriculum, including a special "Lights on After School" program that the Boys & Girls Club is hosting later this year. 

According to the Committee for Economic Development, one of the most important factors that limits the United States’ ability to stay ahead of the STEM curve is the lack of introduction to these educational areas at an early age. Kits like these can foster excitement about these subjects because the children are introduced to concepts in a fun, easy-to-understand way.