About Us

Mission: STEMaction ignites and nurtures a lifelong passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through events and activities for youth and their families.

Vision: STEMaction offers gateways to inspiring career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, building the next generation of technology leaders and innovators.

Methodology: STEMaction fosters youth and family participation by providing a progression of STEM programs, events, competitions and workshops. STEMaction builds upon a solid base of FIRST programs in MarylandFIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is one of the world's leading programs for inspiring student interest in technology and engineering.  We support the progression of FIRST programs for K-12 students, and are the Maryland Affiliate Partner for the FIRST Tech Challenge and Junior FIRST LEGO League programs:

STEMaction supports additional exciting STEM programs and events, including the Maryland STEM Festival, Howard County STEM and Math Festivals, and our own School is Out, STEM in In! series.  

We are partners with Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and operate the USRA STEMaction Center in Columbia, MD.  This Center offers practice facilities for FIRST teams and will become a hub of STEMactivity for students throughout the Baltimore-Washington corridor.  Read more about our center in these articles from the Baltimore Sun and Business Monthly, and learn about a visit by Rep. Donna Edwards.  

See our 2015 Annual Report for a summary of our activities and sponsors. 

For more information, check out our calendar of events and our STEMaction partners

Download our information sheet.


STEMaction Operations

  • Bill Duncan, Executive Director
  • Jenny Beatty, Volunteer Director
  • Mike Kaurich, USRA STEM Specialist and FIRST Tech Challenge Program Manager
  • Morin French, AmeriCorps VISTA for FIRST in Maryland

STEMaction Board

  • Duncan Brown, Security Studies Fellow, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
  • Vince DeFrancisci, Vice President, Universities Space Research Association
  • Bill Duncan, Executive Director, STEMaction
  • Bill Olsen, Chief Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Joel Otto, Staff Vice President, Rockwell Collins
  • Miles Reidy, Private equity investor
  • Kevin Rudd, US Department of Defense
  • Rose Young, Upper School Science, Glenelg Country School