Problem We Address:


Our society is shifting to a technology-driven innovation economy – bypassing urban youth.

  • More than 40% of Massachusetts jobs are in the science, technology, and engineering (STEM) fields; nearly one in four jobs involve computer science/information technology (IT) skills – and the percentages are accelerating.

  • Urban youth are not adequately exposed to these high-growth fields.

  • Without interest-igniting exposure and skill building, urban youth are locked out from these STEM fields – resulting in widening inequality.


We are collaborating with school districts to address this inequity.

Our Solution:


→ Give Urban Youth an On-Ramp to the STEM Jobs of the Future

→ Open their eyes to a world of possibilities and interests

→ Give them meaningful engagement with the technologies of the future

Our Plan: 

Create a collaborative network of STEAMSTUDIO academies in vocational/technical schools and urban high schools in MA and throughout the U.S. - that sparks a transformation of learning in urban communities.

* The Massachusetts Innovation Schools initiative signed into law in January 2010, provides educators and other stakeholders across the state with the opportunity to create new in-district and autonomous schools that can implement creative and inventive strategies, increase student achievement, and reduce achievement gaps while keeping school funding within districts.


Our foundation is a Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that includes MIT faculty, staff, and team members experienced in K12, industry, and the Arts. Donations are tax-deductible and proceeds go directly to fund the academies, teacher training and other support programs, and curriculum development. 


  • Would you like to learn more about our current initiatives?

  • Is your vocational/technical school or district interested in exploring a partnership?

  • Are you interested in teaching at a STEAMSTUDIO academy?



David Birnbach