iSTEAMM Conference Online

United Way of Bucks County and Bucks County Intermediate Unit (Bucks IU) are teaming up to move Bucks County’s annual iSTEAMM Conference for students online.

iSTEAMM connects Bucks County 7th and 8th graders to mentors who work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Manufacturing and is the biggest student conference in Bucks County. Over 800 students typically attend.

In past years, iSTEAMM has been held at Delaware Valley University. This year, it will be hosted online on May 21, 2020, starting at 9:30 am. Students can register and access the program, which will be about an hour, via a private link available through their science teacher.

The new format allows United Way and the Bucks IU to introduce students to an exciting presenter: Miss America 2020, Camille Schrier. Schrier, a Bucks County native, made history when she presented a chemistry demonstration as her talent during the Miss America competition. She is a biochemist pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Virginia Commonwealth University.

In addition to sharing live science demonstrations, Schrier will talk about the importance of STEM education and answer questions submitted by students.

The iSTEAMM Conference Online, funded entirely by our sponsors, donors, and generous grants, serves 7th and 8th grade students from every corner of Bucks County.

While all school districts participate, we emphasize closing the opportunity gap for at-risk students and those from low-income communities, by providing additional resources for those students and their schools.

Why STEAMM education?

We know that part of the opportunity gap in our lowest income schools is that these students do not have adequate access to professionals in STEAMM careers. Providing the iSTEAMM program gives these students more opportunities to learn about STEAMM careers and greater connections with adults who work in those fields. In order to get employers, who pay decent wages to invest in our community, we need to have the skilled workforce to fill the jobs. By exposing students to these career paths we will help to improve economics in our community and improve the economic self sufficiency of these students in the future.

What will students do at iSTEAMM Online?

Students will attend a live online presentation, including a mix of videos, live science demos, plus Miss America shares her story and answers questions submitted by students. At the end, Miss America will pick two participating schools at random to win major prizes, made possible by our generous sponsors.

How to provide additional resources for students at low-income schools

  1. Sponsor the Event: Businesses and organizations can sponsor iSTEAMM. Learn more about levels and benefits to sponsors here.
  2. Sponsor a Student: It only costs $30 to send one student to the iSTEAMM Conference! Make a donation now and help inspire students to explore STEAMM. You can make a donation online using the form below or send a check with iSTEAMM in the memo line to 413 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA 19030.

Make a Donation Online

To make a donation online complete the form below and click ‘donate’; you will be taken to PayPal to complete the transaction. You do NOT need a PayPal account. Look for the text that says, “Don’t have a PayPal account? Use your credit card or bank account (where available),” and click continue.