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Empowering Futures: NJ STEM’s Inspiring Quest in Shaping Tomorrow's Innovators

Rohan Rao ('25)

Kevin Mah ('24)

In a world buzzing with technological advancements, the need for quality STEM education has never been more crucial. In the heart of New Jersey, there's a non-profit organization making significant strides in this direction. Picture this: kids from all walks of life, eyes bright with curiosity, engaging in the wonders of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). NJ STEM, a beacon of educational empowerment, is changing lives by providing free STEM education to children of all ages.

Founders Rohan Rao, Piyush Nawade, Akshay Iyer, and Sara Dassanayke embarked on this transformative journey with a passion for bridging educational gaps and creating opportunities for every child. In an exclusive interview, Sara shared, "We believe that every child deserves access to quality STEM education, regardless of their background or socio-economic status. Our mission is to cultivate a love for learning and inspire the next generation of innovators."

NJ STEM's commitment to inclusivity stands out in its collaboration with Limitless Behavioral Services, where they extend their educational initiatives to include children with special needs. Through adaptive teaching methods and tailored programs, NJ STEM ensures that every child, regardless of neurodiversity, has the chance to explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

In a heartfelt manner, Piyush Nawade reflects on the impact of creating an environment for children at Limitless to thrive. "It's magical. Witnessing the joy on their faces, the newfound confidence – that's the real success for us."

NJ STEM has had a considerable impact on the community, with parents and educators praising their innovative approach. Temkeea Springs, a parent of a child enrolled in NJ STEM, shared her experience: "It's not just a class; it's a journey of discovery for [my child]. NJ STEM understands the individual needs of each kid. You guys create an environment that goes beyond education – it's a community."

As NJ STEM continues to expand its reach, its commitment to fostering a love for STEM education remains unwavering. In a world where access to quality education can be a determining factor for a child's future, NJ STEM is breaking down barriers, one lesson at a time.

In the spirit of empowerment and inclusivity, NJ STEM stands as a testament to the transformative power of education. As Rohan Rao aptly puts it, "Our vision is to spark curiosity, ignite passion, and pave the way for a future where every child can dream without limits. That's the essence of NJ STEM."

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