The 3DuxDesign TEAM STEAM:

How One High School Student Built a Virtual Engineering Club for Kids. 

45 Students enrolled  in under 3 months

Identifying the Problem

As an education company hoping to provide support for teachers though the pandemic, we asked them, "What have been your greatest challenges teaching kids during COVID?". This question resulted in a myriad of answers but by far, the most common responses revolved not around student academic achievement, but rather teachers are most concerned about their students' social and emotional health. The second most common concern was how to help boost kids'  level of engagement during remote learning. 
Young children are incredibly resilient but they also need to achieve certain developmental milestones at critical ages or they will be at risk for lifelong challenges. Positive social interaction,  feeling emotionally safe, and developing a passion for learning are critical components of early childhood that will lay the foundation to help them develop a strong sense of self and become confident students longterm. 

Unfortunately between the intrinsic challenges of remote learning and the multiple layers of bureaucracy built into the modern education machine,  teachers are struggling to just get kids on zoom, paying attention and performing at the basic proficiency levels required.  While some schools have resources to get it right,  many districts are just not getting kids what they need to thrive. Decision makers and district leaders just don't have the answers in their toolbox to  make a plan that works.

A Creative Solution

When we asked some teenagers to come up with a solution for remote learning, we heard  some creative, fresh and out-of-the-box answers. And, we were delighted to see those ideas turn into action. One group of high school students decided it's not okay for kids to miss out on learning just because of a pandemic. 

It started with one high school student. Riya has been passionate about engineering and STEM since she was a young child. Building, creating and working her way around a challenge are in her blood. She was distraught when she heard that neighboring schools had cut out science because it was "too hard to teach remotely", opting to focus on core learning skills like reading and math. That was the inspiration behind the TEAM STEAM club. 
steam club for kids president, riya shah

Team STEAM founder and president, Riya 


Turning an Idea into Action

With  support from the 3Dux team, Riya began her first virtual STEAM club with 4 local children. 3DuxDesign materials were distributed to the kids, and  the "Design-a-Zoo" project facilitator guide was reviewed with Riya. The rest was pure magic. One 4-week program and the students were hooked! 




And so was Riya...

If a Little is Good...

A week later, Riya had set up a zoom conference with the 3Dux team.  She'd gathered a group of her friends and decided to start an engineering club so more teens could get involved. 

Today, so many teens are feeling isolated after  months of social distancing and remote learning. An engineering club for kids could not only help support youth in the community but  is also be a great opportunity for teens to engage in meaningful social interaction. Something greater than Snapchat and Tik Tok.  3Dux was happy to help offer consultation and support for Team STEAM founder and president, Riya. 

3 months later, TEAM STEAM has enrolled 45 children from 5 states across the US . They have developed a viable and scalable business model that allows the team to offer free materials and programs to students with limited means.  

Sharing their Story ...

Last week, Riya and her team mate, Connie were invited to present their work at the Global Innovation Field Trip, a 48 hour live streaming  event that celebrates inventors, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world. After teen cofounder Ethan Klein shared the 3DuxDesign story, Riya and Connie had an opportunity to share their story inspiring story of how they started the program and where they aim to take it. You can watch their presentation below.. 

Want to start this program with students at your high school? 

Contact marci@3duxdesign.com for details. 


To enroll your 6-11 year old in the Team STEAM club, or donate a kit...


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stem with friends remote playdates

3DuxDesign wants to help keep kids connected. let us host a STEM With Friends Remote Playdate. Send each friend a kit and we will schedule a free design/build activity for you  and 5-10 of your besties  

Contact marci@3duxdesign.com for details

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