THE RIPPLE EFFECT
Making a difference in the community and watching the impact grow. Explore some of the ways we've been able to put donated funds to work all over the state of Missouri in an effort to help Josh's legacy live on through STEM education initiatives.
Covid-19 Relief Efforts - Crossroads Charter School
Early in the Pandemic we were able to make an immediate impact at Crossroads Charter Schools In Kansas City. Through a donation we were able to facilitate the purchase of 150 tablets which were distributed to families without access to digital resources. Read the full press release.
The Little Bit Foundation
This year we continued our ongoing partnership with The Little Bit Foundation through the donation of STEM kits which were distributed to Kindergarteners at Gibson Elementary in the Riverview Gardens School District.
St. Louis Library - Coding 101
In 2019, the library was able to offer six Coding 101 sessions to community kids due to a $10,000 grant from the JSMF. The goal of the Coding 101 program is to find and encourage St. Louis community’s next generation of software developers. St. Louis schools, including public schools, are adding coding to their curriculum.
CBC High School
Josh was a 1997 graduate of CBC High School in St. Louis. Over the last few years Josh’s alma mater, has embraced the emerging focus on STEM learning and the Josh Seidel Memorial Foundation has been thrilled to be a partner along the way.
Washington University Institute for School Partnerships
Early in 2017 we forged a new relationship with the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University to help jump start STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) interest and Maker Education at the elementary school level in the St. Louis area.
Mizzou Engineering - A Legacy Cemented
On Feb. 17, 2017 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in honor of the Joshua M. Seidel Advanced Concrete Materials Laboratory at the Engineering School, Laffere Hall, in Columbia.
Kansas City Women in Technology, enabling Females in STEM
Josh Seidel Memorial Foundation partnered to support two Kansas City Women in Technology programs. CoderDojoKC teaches kids 7 to 17 to code. Coding & Cocktails teaches foundational coding skills to adult women.
Building Futures + JSMF Middle School STEAM Classes
JSMF donated to support two middle school Building Futures classes for 8 weeks. Through a design/build, STEAM project-based learning approach- these students gain the tools necessary to build their life at full scale. All lesson plans, materials, and teaching staff are provided through Building Futures, and in these cases- funded by JSMF.