STEM Resources


Developing Young People Through STEM

The Y is helping all children reach their full potential by supporting their unique youth development journeys. At more than 1,000 YMCA sites nationwide, kids are engaged in year-round STEM activities that nurture their curiosity, inspire creativity and teach them how to succeed.

Kids who participate in STEM activities:

  • Learn how to solve problems
  • Develop critical-thinking skills
  • Become comfortable with failure and trying again
  • Learn to work successfully in teams
  • Develop self-confidence
  • Are able to see themselves in STEM careers

Learn how the Y is supporting equity in STEM to help every kid advance!

Upcoming STEM Events

The Seattle Aquarium is hosting an ongoing free, virtual drop-in club for teens in grades 9-12 for those interested in and passionate about marine conservation. The club meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from 4:30-6:00pm over Zoom and hosts an in-person meeting once a month with a fun, hands-on conservation activity.

The club covers a wide range of conservation-based topics each month, including

  • Empathy for local marine organisms
  • Equity in marine conservation
  • Careers in marine conservation
  • Local marine environments such as tide pools and eelgrass habitats
  • Research conducted by the Seattle Aquarium
  • and more!

If interested in joining the club, please email [email protected].

Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM careers (such as computer scientists, engineers, biologists and more) — but the Y is here to change that. By incorporating fair and equitable practices into our programming, we’re helping young leaders understand the positive impact they can have by promoting gender equity in STEM.