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Fall Applications are now being accepted! Please use the link below to apply for Fall Funding.

Funding at your fingertips

We get the right funding, into the right hands, so that educators can elevate the STEM experience in their classrooms.


Thank you to everyone that applied! We funded two exceptional applications. Congratulations to:

Cori Zancanella at the Smithridge STEM academy with her STEM Car Challenge and
Rick Perez from High Desert Montessori School with his Nevada Challenger – NASA Based Missions.
We look forward to seeing the innovative use of these funds for STEM education!

Accessible Funding for the Resources You Need




Classroom experiences


To provide easily accessible, quality resources for STEM education in Northern Nevada


Create and sustain a culture of integrated STEM education in the community.

Meet the Board of Directors

Leah Ochs


Leah Ochs is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration. Leah currently works in the aerospace manufacturing industry, and is also a private pilot. 

Kelsey Nelson

Treasurer, Secretary

Kelsey Nelson is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Her Bachelors degree is in Applied Physics from University of California, Santa Cruz. Kelsey currently works as a mechanical engineer in Reno in the medical industry. 

Ted Oleson

Board of Directors

Ted Oleson is a lecturer in Economics and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Nevada, Reno.  He has been involved with nonprofits and social enterprises in Nevada for over 35 years including work with organizations such as the Committee to Aid Abused Women, Sierra Nevada Journeys, Sky Tavern, and The Life Change Center.

Brendon Lund

Board of directors

Brendon Lund graduated from UNR with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Business Administration at UNR. Brendon is a musician and audio engineer and currently plays in a local Reno band called Silver. He also recently started a company that produces photo-real digital 3D models for use in Virtual and Augmented Reality applications.

Omar Ziadeh

Board of Directors

Omar Ziadeh is currently working on his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Nevada, Reno after completing his undergrad with a degree in Marketing. Omar is a long-time mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and currently works as a graduate teaching assistant.

Sami Romanick

Board of Directors

Sami Romanick is currently working on her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University at Nevada, Reno (UNR).  Sami is also a science instructor for the Upward Bound summer academy, as well as the Secretary of the Distinguished Women in Science Club at UNR.

Additional Funding opportunities coming soon!

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  • Reno, NV
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