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Jonathan Nalder (STEM Punks)
We inspire tomorrow’s innovators to ask ‘why’ & design real world, human-focused solutions for all. Created by Teachers, STEM Experts & Kids

STEM Punks

location_on Australia
STEM Punks innovations are: 1. Discovering how to infuse STEM & traditional education with the human-focused and student-energising problem solving and asking 'why' that matches kids true potential to be able to design the future, and 2. How to do all of this online wether live or on-demand
Jonathan Nalder, STEM Punks Futures Learning Coach; HundrEd Advisor and Ambassador
Kids are the most human among us, and deserve every chance to be inspired and given the chance to design tomorrow.

Jonathan Nalder, STEM Punks Futures Learning Coach; HundrEd Advisor and Ambassador


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Innovation Overview

Target Group
10 000
Updated on May 10th, 2022
about the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

STEM Punks was co-founded in 2016 by Damien Aldridge, a Teacher heart-broken by the lack of these values in formal schooling, Michael Holmstrom, an Engineer and Entrepreneur who wanted to inspire future innovators - out of this combo was born the desire to add the missing ingredient to Education - a playful, punky, ‘always ask why’, human focus that gives STEM its reason for existing.

How does your innovation work in practice?

Instead of focusing on just tech, dry science content, and lessons disconnected from their actual lives, STEM Punks programs have differentiated themselves firstly by their philosophy of real-world, human-focused learning where students learn STEM skills not to pass a subject, but as a natural consequence of their passions.
Instead of learning coding for its own sake, with STEM Punks, young people first choose themes such as Future Cities, Ocean Cleanup, Space Habitats, Treasure Maps and Smart Gardens first. Only later after immersing themselves in these areas and learning about the Design Thinking process do they also learn the technical and content skills such as coding, physics, biology, technology and maths required to create a successful solution for their communities.
STEM Punks has distinguished itself especially in the COVID-19 era by offering hybrid programs that can blend online, live, face to face and asynchronous experiences as well as AR and VR.

How has it been spreading?

STEM Punks is now joined by a growing team of expert Educators such as Jonathan Nalder and Paula Noe in Austin, Texas. It has won numerous awards, worked with over 1000+ schools and delivered experiences for kids from over 14 countries so far. Online classes have now expanded to 25 offerings, many of which tap into projects such as those at Hi-SEAS Moon and Mars base, and the LING Project in Ghana.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

View our videos to see what this looks like in practice >

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Achievements & Awards

July 2021
FAST COMPANY World Changing Ideas
July 2021
Winner, 2021 STEVIE Awards
July 2021
Global Teacher Award: Damien Aldridge
June 2021
Best Online Classes - Whats On For Kids Awards
January 2021
BIG Global Innovation Award
November 2020
Global Education Influencers 2020
September 2020
Gold, Silver and Bronze Mumpreneur Awards
July 2019
Australian Business Awards Finalist
July 2019
Telstra Business Awards Winner

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STEM Punks puts playful problem solving that connects to real-world problems first. To get started, browse our huge range of themes and select the one that connects for you or your kids.
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