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Science Math and Robotic Technology Education (SMaRT Education), is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Southern California. We are built on the forward-thinking investment approach that youth in our programs will be
the next inventors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders.
SMaRT Education has been enriching the lives of Coachella Valley youth through STEAM education programs since 2010. We give kids the chance to explore robotics, coding, digital media, hands-on science, and engineering.
From the beginning, our partnerships with community organizations have allowed SMaRT Education to reach students from one end of the Coachella Valley to the other, and beyond. To learn more about our past and current partners, visit our Community Partners page.
Our Mission Statement
To inspire in our children and young adults early passion for science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on scientific experimentation and exploration by empowering them with the knowledge they need to explore today’s technology so they can create and lead the world of tomorrow.
The SciTech Story
In 2012 SMaRT Education partnered with the Palm Springs Air Museum to run summer camps. The relationship with PSAM developed into a collaboration to raise funds for a wholly dedicated space for inquiry-based STEAM exploration - a science and technology center for our youth. SciTech Academy officially opened its doors in 2014 with the help of a generous donation from the Berger Foundation.
Programs run year round at SciTech Academy with camps during Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring breaks, classes in the after school time, and workshops on Saturdays.
STEAM: STEM + A for arts
STEAM Education is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.
In 2009 two moms at a local elementary school, Liberty Naud and Maria Wren, coached their sons’ robotics teams and saw first hand how much of an impact it made on the kids beyond building and programming robots. Seeing that there was a need in their community for more access to STEAM education, they began the months-long process of putting together a plan, and with the help of an attorney who sat with them for hours at no cost, filed for nonprofit status. In 2010, SMaRT Education was officially recognized as a nonprofit organization.
Today’s SMaRT Education Board of Directors is made up of Co-founder Maria Wren, President Richard Abel, Vice President Calista Vassios, Treasurer Karina Patterson, Secretary Chris Naud, and Board Member-at-Large Rick Cassar.
Pictured from Left to Right: Richard Abel, Maria Wren, Rick Cassar, Calista Vassios, Chris Naud and Karina Patterson
SMaRT Education's IRS Determination Letter:
SMaRT Education Board Members and CEO