STEP’s mission has always been to inspire students to pursue careers in the STEM fields including science, technology, engineering and math. The success of our students, as well as the strength of the Inland Empire, depends upon our building and maintaining a technologically advanced workforce. That strong workforce begins with our youth. Technology brings better jobs, better salaries and a better economy for everyone. For the past 20 years, we have been successful in reaching our goals because of the commitment we have received from companies and organizations like yours, our STEP Sponsors.
We offer various levels of sponsorship, each with its own set of benefits, including:
- Your company name/logo incorporated into the STEP Conference logo
- Your company name/logo recognized on volunteer T-shirts
- Name/logo recognition in video presentations
- Name/logo recognition in official STEP Programs
- ...and many more!
Throughout the Year
Since 2000, STEP has initiated a number of events and activities to increase student motivation, interest, and enthusiasm in science and technology. In addition to its annual conference, STEP is also involved in many worthwhile activities that take place throughout the year:
- After School Science Clubs
STEP donated $6,900 to the Future Scientists and Engineers of America (FSEA) as seed money to start After School Science Clubs in local schools.
- In STEP Newsletter
STEP publishes a newsletter for teachers, administrators, sponsors, and community leaders to provide updates on STEP activities, promote upcoming events, profile regional technology companies, and more.
- Poster and Essay Contests
STEP sponsors annual poster and essay contests for students to engage their imagination and writing capabilities. STEP awards first, second, and third place cash award for: elementary, middle, and high school.
- Science Fair Savings Bonds
Each year STEP awards a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond to a senior division student, a $500 U.S. Savings Bond to a junior division student, and a $200 U.S. Savings Bond to an elementary division student at the Inland Science and Engineering Fair for outstanding demonstration of scientific investigation. These awards are the largest of their kind in the largest regional science fair competition in California.
- Science Olympiad
As a partner with the Science Olympiad, STEP provides junior and senior high school students with an opportunity to learn more about math and science through friendly competition. To assist our region’s competitiveness at the national level, STEP awards stipends for teachers to attend the Science Olympiad Summer Training Camp. STEP also played host to the 2004 Science Olympiad competition.
What Others are Saying
"The STEP Conference is recognizing the need for improved math, science, and technology
education for our children. This event gives kids a chance to see the fun side of these often difficult subjects."
Former First Lady of California, Gayle Wilson
"STEP exemplifies a model of how we can work together to provide schools the support they need, so
that all of our children have the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful lives. This effort is
an excellent tool in capturing students’ imagination."
Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, David Long