Sparking Innovation Within the Next Generation
 
 

Washington University in St. Louis

Studio: TESLA

We aim to provide minority, underrepresented, and low-income students access to STEAM initiatives by bringing design-based science projects to middle schools.

 
 
 
 
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Our Mission

Studio: TESLA mobilizes college students to establish dynamic after-school activities for underserved youth to build STEAM literacies and critical-thinking capacity through hands-on design challenges.

 
 

About Us

Studio: TESLA Founder Nicholas Okafor began teaching engineering to local St. Louis youth in 2012 as a simple volunteer activity, but decided to expand the effort into an organization to widen the impact made in the community August 2014. Our model embraces scalability, enlisting college students to sponsor the clubs. We operate as a student group at Washington University and plan to expand through branches at St. Louis area colleges and universities that seek to bolster their STEM outreach programs. We also invite students to the Wash U campus twice per year for a larger STEM event.

 

2000+

Dollars Raised

Outside donors have invested into Studio: TESLA for its continued success. These funds have been used to support weekly after school programs and bi-annual D3 Day events.

60+

youth impacted

Studio: TESLA facilitates three after-school clubs at three different sites, reaching over sixty middle school students.

50+

Washu students involved

Over fifty Washington University students have been involved in the Operations Committee to work with underserved middle school students.

 
 

Get Involved

Interested in working with Studio: TESLA at your school or community center? Are you a college student looking to join our volunteers? If you would like to get involved with Studio: TESLA in any way, send us an email!

 The applications for new volunteers open at the beginning of each semester, so send us an email and we will be sure to let you know about the next opportunity to get involved! Meanwhile, check out the various ways to join the Studio: TESLA team:

 

Enrichment

Develop exciting and engaging STEM projects for scholars.

Operations

Visit middle schools each week to work with scholars.

Communications

Create monthly newsletters, maintain the website, and photograph events.