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Fun with Focus

The primary focus of STEM Cell is to connect parents, guardians, and role models with children and other families through interactive, screen free fun and engagement using principles of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics along with Scriptural lessons and Biblical character development.

Goals in the Gathering

  • Connect parents and children together through play, creativity, and fun through hands on, screen free activity

  • Help parents and guardians to be positive influences and role models and to be involved with their children’s fun

  • Create a safe and comfortable space for STEM and STEAM play, with an emphasis on teamwork

STEM Starts With a Solid Foundation

The Catalyst

Psalm 127:3

Children are a gift from the Lord;

they are a reward from him.

Proverbs 22:6

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”


Over the last couple of years, my soul has been troubled and I’ve had a growing discontent. I see kids growing up without involved parents. I see boys and girls without positive male role models. I see kids who gravitate towards me as an anchor while I also see their fathers absent, overwhelmed, or distracted. Boys and girls need involved parents and positive role models more than ever in this broken world they have been brought up into. Children are being trained up by the adults in their lives, whether positively or negatively. If they are trained up to be yelled at and are always told that they are a burden, then that’s what they will likely become and teach their own children. If they are trained up to realize their worth and be the best version of themselves and to work things out because they’re smart, then that’s what they’ll likely become and teach their own children.


It all started with a marble run, purchased secondhand by my wife because it looked like something fun for the kids. Dad likely loved it more than the kids. I would set up and build big sets late at night and watch my kids light up with joy at the new creation that they were happy to destroy, usually in no more than thirty minutes. They would often “help” when building a new run: “Look dad! I made a gun! Look! An alien! Isn’t this awesome, dad?” Many times I’ve been amazed at what their young minds can come up with, using only their imagination and trial and error. I enjoy spending time with them, just creating things. It has been quite rewarding for all of us.


My growing “holy discontent” is seeing children who will struggle in life through no fault of their own, because of a lack of role models. My discontent is also in seeing fathers who simply don’t know “how to dad” or are so busy putting out their own fires that they neglect to fan the flames in their own children. Through prayer and wrestling, a new thought emerged. What if there was a dedicated time and place where dads and kids can simply play together, encouraging one another, and getting to see how awesome their counterpart can be?


Out of that prayer and frustration, STEM Cell was born.

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