Northeast Ohio STEM Learning Ecosystem

Northeast Ohio


The NeoStem Ecosystem is a highly energized, strongly united and richly credentialed group working for one common goal: increasing access to and excitement for computer science, computational thinking and digital literacy in Northeast Ohio – especially among underserved populations.

After two years of deep conversation and planning with a group of diverse stakeholders, we’re adopting bold action plans designed to increase access to and excitement for quality STEM programming.

Key Programs

ROLLING TOGETHER – A collaboration among several partners and the Soap Box Derby to create and race an autonomous Soap Box Derby car that students can design, build and race.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS AND INFORMAL EDUCATORS – The NeoStem Ecosystem is planning a series of professional development opportunities for teachers, including Engineering is Elementary.

GIRLS WHO CODE – The NeoStem Ecosystem has partnered with Girls Who Code to spur the development of clubs in the region.

DANCING THE HACKING BEES – This NEOSTEM project aims to integrate arts, coding and biomimicry. The project is particularly interested in movement/dance at the intersection of these three. Our target group is children between the ages of 11 and 14 years old (grade 4th through 8th.)


  • The Great Lakes Science Center – Karyn Torigoe and Scott Volmer
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art – Kevin Kelly
  • Cuyahoga Community College – George Bilokonsky
  • Soap Box Derby – Bobby Dinkins
  • Cleveland State University – Kate O’Hara
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District – Tim Sisson
  • 4H of Cuyahoga County – Robin Stone
  • Center for Art-Inspired Learning – Megan Thompson