Our mission is to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders

Our Story

2011

Lavanya and Melissa Jawaharlal found STEM Center USA in October 2011. Lavanya is a high school senior and Melissa is a junior at USC.

STEM Center USA opens at a 900 square feet center in Pomona, CA.

Our Story

2014

STEM Center USA launches two successful kickstarter campaigns for the Pi-Bot and The Technical Alphabet raising $120K+ and reaching 1200 backers worldwide.

Melissa and Lavanya are invited to the Official Residence of the Vice President and are recognized by former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden.

Our Story

2015

STEM Center opens a 1800 sq ft space in Claremont. The space is designed and built from the ground up.

Melissa and Lavanya appear on Season 7, Episode 6 of Shark Tank on ABC.

Our Story

2016

STEM Center USA creates “Roboreka” - a creative robotics challenge for 3rd - 12th graders and hosts the Inaugural Roboreka Challenge at Cal Poly Pomona.

STEM Center USA becomes a vendor for 12+ homeschool charters throughout Southern California.

Lavanya graduates from UC Berkeley!

Our Story

2017

Awarded a $50,000 grant from Lending Tree for its inaugural small business contest which included over 1,100 applicants.

Melissa and Lavanya speak at TEDxCPP on the “Roots of STEM Education”.

Our Story

2019

STEM Center Rancho Cucamonga opens! The 3000+ sq ft creativity center is designed as an open-flow classroom to encourage student collaboration.

OUR PEDAGOGY + TEACHING STYLE

How we teach

Guided Discovery

Real learning happens when students experience their own “aha!” moments. Our experiential curriculum gradually increases in difficulty as students learn and help connect new skills together to critically solve problems

Learn-by-doing

We nudge students to push through points of frustration so they can experience the joys of discovery for themselves. In the classroom, we encourage students to keep ‘reinventing the wheel’—when we experience, we remember.

Excite and Engage

Students learn how to build robots, code programs, and make neat things. We infuse fun into everything we do and work to bring their creative inventions to life! We love boosting their confidence and making their STEM adventure engaging and exciting.

After school and weekend educational programs

STEM Center USA is a supplemental education program that operates as an after school and weekend educational program.

Students learn tech skills including designing robots using materials such as Lego and Erector-like materials, writing code in various programming languages, and hands-on skills such as soldering and 3D printing. 

We offer education programs in:

Robotics

3D Printing

Electronics

Game Design

Coding (multiple languages)

Maker and DIY Creations

Skills (soldering, tools)

Creative Robotics

Explore our offerings

Creativity Center
Virtual Classes

Our team consists of mission-driven STEM instructors

Our instructors

We’ve developed a strong team of highly trained STEM instructors. Our team is focused on developing students, fostering a positive environment, and serving as a role model for your child. All STEM Center USA instructors are trained in our teaching pedagogy, relevant course material, and classroom/camp management.
Our in-person instructors include college students at local universities including Harvey Mudd College, Cal Poly Pomona, UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, and more. Our virtual instructors sign-in from all over the country, including team members from Harvard, UPenn, and Georgetown.

Jumpstart your child’s love for learning