Voya STEM Futures is Voya Financial’s signature program focused on providing students in grades K – 8 with the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) knowledge vital to be competitive in the 21st century workforce. In cooperation with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), Voya STEM Futures provides grants to science museums in seven locations nationally. Participating museums are afforded the opportunity to develop meaningful, innovative and sustainable programming that has a direct and measurable impact on a child’s interest in pursuing STEM degrees and careers. Voya STEM Futures has provided children as young as five with opportunities to engineer roller coasters, learn to use 3D printers, study the biological impacts of polluted water and engage in other workshops designed to engage them in the future of STEM.
2018-2020 Museum partners include:
Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
https://www.azscience.org (opens new window)
Girls in STEM
STEM workshops for girls to work on teams on specific STEM challenges, project creation, and problem-solving activities, with STEM-professional volunteers
Support from Voya Financial in 2018 helped the science center to expand its Girls in STEM program, enabling girls in grades 4 – 8 to take part in a daylong program that connected them with women who work in STEM careers, introduced them to career paths in STEM fields and sparked their interest with collaborative STEM activities and challenges.
This year, Girls in STEM workshops will bring together girls in grades 4 – 8 to learn about STEM topics by working in teams on specific challenges and problem-solving activities, with help from female STEM-professional volunteers.
Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103
https://ctsciencecenter.org (opens new window)
The CASE for Engineering
Series of four daylong workshops exploring the disciplines of Chemical, Aerospace, Software and Electrical engineering with professional engineers
In 2018, with support from Voya Foundation, the Connecticut Science Center enhanced its Engineering Everywhere afterschool program, which empowers youth to tackle real-world engineering problems using the engineering design process, creativity and collaboration. The program activities also connected students with a variety of professionals who work in careers that use STEM skills, including engineers, veterinary technicians, physical therapists and more.
Building on that success in 2020, the science center will offer The CASE for Engineering, a series of four daylong workshops exploring the disciplines of Chemical, Aerospace, Software and Electrical engineering with professional engineers recruited from the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers.
Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305
https://lsc.org (opens new window)
STEM Career Connections
Support for additional students to take part in existing STEM career programs
Using innovative, inquiry-based approaches, the science center will provide an introduction to prospective STEM careers, and related preparatory academic paths through several offerings, including through its Girls in Technology, Live from Surgery, Meet the Surgeon, Pathways and Careers @ LSC initiatives.
265 Massachusetts Avenue, Building N51
Cambridge, MA 02139
https://mitmuseum.mit.edu (opens new window)
Explorations in STEM and STEM Careers
Suite of STEM career programs, including Girls’ Day for STEM, a school collaboration and a week of programming supporting the Cambridge Science Festival
At the MIT Museum, students in grades 4 – 8 will engage in challenging and exciting hands-on STEM learning activities while also being introduced to the diversity of STEM careers and STEM-career pipelines, including a variety of professional representatives of the many STEM careers, from researchers and scientists to builders, engineers and architects. Programs will include a Girls’ Day for STEM event, a community-outreach collaboration with a community charter school serving a majority-minority student body and a week of programming, both at the museum and within the community supporting the Cambridge Science Festival.
Museum of Science & History (MOSH) of Jacksonville, Inc.
1025 Museum Circle
Jacksonville, FL 32207
https://themosh.org (opens new window)
She’s a Scientist
STEM badge workshops for Girl Scouts troops, 25% at the museum and 75% in underserved areas in outlying areas, with a culminating overnight
With support from Voya Foundation in 2018, the museum designed a set of workshops around Girl Scouts of America’s new STEM badge curriculum. They were designed to increase the girls’ knowledge of STEM through engineering design challenges. Women in STEM professions helped the girls with their robotics projects and described the work they did in their jobs.
In 2020, the program is reaching beyond the museum’s walls and will offer additional workshops in the rural counties around Jacksonville as well as overnight camp-in at the Museum for the Girl Scouts and their parents.
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55420
https://theworks.org (opens new window)
Adding STEM-career content and targeting girls around the museum’s annual Tech Fest, Robot Day, and Explore It! family events
The museum will work with existing and new community partners to add She Engineers activities to three of its popular family events: Tech Fest, Robot Day and Explore It! Hands-on activities and demonstrations led by women working in STEM will include a variety of STEM fields and incorporate representatives from both college-degree careers as well as technical and trade programs.
Tellus Science Museum
100 Tellus Drive
Cartersville, GA 30120
https://tellusmuseum.org (opens new window)
Spring Break Science Escape
A week of special programming centered around different STEM careers when kids are out of school
During the busy spring break week when students are out of school and families seek engaging activities to do together, Tellus Science Museum outside Atlanta will offer a week of special programming centered around different STEM careers. Each day will have different science-career focus activities, opportunities to meet STEM professionals, career-focused workshops for students and their adults and more.