Who we are -
STEAM for All strives to provide meaningful community service opportunities, develop leaders through student-led service activities, and promote STEAM education globally.
Our Mission -
In today’s ever-evolving society, scientific advancements and new technologies are continually emerging. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) is becoming increasingly important to our nation’s future. For this reason, STEAM for All aims to provide STEAM opportunities for the young minds of Orange County and beyond. Through these activities, we hope to inspire and instill an appreciation for the sciences among our youth, and as they grow, to support their endeavors and provide outlets in which they can explore their interests.
Our History -
In 2007, Orange County Math Circle (OCMC) was founded a Local Programs Initiative of the Art of Problem Solving Foundation. The organization was created as student-run community service organization where math enthusiasts could both explore advanced problem-solving topics and bring the math circle experience to underserved students in Orange County, California. By integrating learning and teaching, OCMC members strived to strengthen math culture in the community and make math resources accessible to all. Soon, OCMC had grown from an operation with five volunteers to a small army of over 50 devoted volunteers from 30 schools. It offered lectures, tournaments, and special events, serving more than 1,000 students from 75 schools.
As OCMC expanded, the organization evolved into Math for Service. In 2011, Math for Service, Inc. was incorporated to incubate and sustain community service projects led by other high school students. The next year, Math for Service, Inc. was granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS. Consequently, it assumed administrative responsibility of OCMC from AoPS Foundation. Three years later, Math for Service began branching out of math by adding the umbrella organizations OC Scholar and OC Coder. This, combined with the growing interests of students and volunteers in other fields such as science and rocketry, led to the revitalization of Math for Service, Inc., as an umbrella organization dedicated to providing resources and experience to the new student run community service organizations.
Now, STEAM for All, Inc., has grown to encompass more than 600 volunteers in nine different student run ventures—OC Math Circle, OC Scholar, OC Coder, OC Science, OC Arts, OC Engineer, OC Hacker, OC Launch, and All Girls Math Tournament.
The STEAM for All School Chapters operation started in 2015. Starting from just a handful of small school clubs who volunteered at SFA events, the operation has since expanded to include more than 15 high schools around the county. Each hosted their own workshops and science fun nights to promote STEAM for All’s mission to their own respective local communities.