STEM Paths/ STEM Paths Innovation Network (SPIN)

By STEM Paths Staff Writer

April 19, 2015

Technology has come a long way and continues to grow rapidly.  In the past, it took the world years to make the strides that we can now make in mere weeks.  There is no doubt that technology continues to be the future.  The road to the future will always be paved by the younger generation of today and tomorrow.  The question now is, how do we provide the necessary tools to help our children bring their ideas to life and make the world a better place? 

STEM Paths Innovation Network (SPIN) is a non-profit organization determined to give the kids of today the opportunity to learn and grow in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEM+Arts). SPIN launched NEW Spring classes to teach the youth of the community how they can make their ideas and dreams a reality. 

To make this all possible, SPIN goal is to build partnerships in the communities.  SPIN has a long term partnership with the Seattle Chinese Alliance Church in Seattle, which serves the Dearborn Elementary School Students. SPIN has partnered with the YMCA to service the youth at Maple Elementary and Graham Elementary.   

FREE SPIN classes are currently being held at the Filipino Community Center, East African Community Center, SoDo MakerSpace, and the Bellevue School District. 

On Fridays and Saturdays, SPIN holds FREE drop-in Robotics class using LEGOs. ROBO Lab classes are held at the Filipino Community Center. ROBO Lab classes are on Fridays from 6-730 pm and Saturdays from 2-330 pm. 

On April 18th, Intro to Beginning with Scratch was held at the SoDo MakerSpace for youth ages 8 and up. Monday, April 20th, SPIN Intro to Photoshop class will be held at the SoDo MakerSpace in Seattle.  The class introduces teens to the very popular Photoshop program. 

April 22nd starts the Introduction to Arduino class for ages 10 and older.  Students are immersed into the world of creating objects that can interact with the world.  This class is also held at the Filipino Community Center on Wednesdays.

Coming up on April 20th for 4th and 5th graders, and April 23rd for 2nd and 3rd graders, the new partnership with the SCAC, SPIN will hold its first Robotics Lab sessions. 

SoDo MakerSpace will continue to host classes starting April 21st and 26th to teach youth 12 and up about 3D modeling.  April 25th and 26th, they will also hold another Introduction to Arduino class using LEGOs and stoplights. 

For more information on any of the classes or to register, please visit the STEM Paths Innovation Network (SPIN) website at: www.stempaths.org