The STEAM Club offers engaging learning opportunities in STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math for PYLUSD students!
The bedrock of our activities is centered on 21st-Century learning and life skills with a focus on the 4 C’s: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communications.
This year's programs are designed to offer meaningful educational experiences, promoting STEAM, supplementing teachers, state curriculum and turning knowledge into action. Students who've joined the STEAM Club will have opportunities to participate, engage and expand their network at the From the Inside Speaker Series, Empowered: Women in Industry, Eco-Challenge and more!
Learn more about our programs below.
Fun Fact: Our new STEAM logo is designed by a PYLUSD Alum!
Have you ever wondered what careers might interest you? Are you curious about what you can do today to prepare for tomorrow? PYL Alumni will share their experiences, insights and challenges from high school, college and careers to inspire PYL students & upcoming graduates. From the Inside will return in Fall 2022.
Learn to Code & Change the world! Coding classes through thecoderschool of Yorba Linda for ages 7+ are back in person featuring small group learning experiences in Game Development and Web Design Development, using Python, SCRATCH, and HTML. Register now for After school Coding classes.
Communicating with Confidence is an exciting, student-led, technology-assisted program designed to engage and prepare students to communicate with confidence. In the Labs at Fairmont, Woodsboro & Mabel Paine Elementary this year, students have demonstrated improvements in communicating, taking initiative, and leading with confidence. Ask your principal about bring the Learning Labs to your school.
The foundation is sponsoring one of our first Intern-led programs called the First Lego League, a robotics program that allows students to explore STEM in a hands-on manner, integrating a robot game, research project, and core values. This program is led by the STEM IT UP Club at Yorba Linda High School with coaching and mentorship from Gisele T. Nguyen, REACH Foundation VP Academics, Mr. Eddie Tabata, Administrator, Mrs. Nayana Gupta, Parent Coach, and Mr. Greg Walls, Yorba Linda High School STEM IT UP Club Advisor.
REACH Foundation offers Internships to select students who want to make an impact in their community. This a hands-on, work experience opportunity for PYL students. High School and Middle School students can apply for an annual internship, gain volunteer hours and build their resume with the REACH Foundation, just like a real job. Students can work within an existing REACH Foundation program or present a proposal for a program they would like to lead.
Speaker 1: Eric Plunkett
1. Eric Plunkett graduated from Cal State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Computer Science. He also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration from Brandman University. Eric was a sound design engineer for Yamaha Corporation of America. He is a secondary social studies and math teacher at Travis Ranch Middle School and is also currently the middle school math TOSA for the Placentia Yorba-Linda Unified School District. Eric is a musician, songwriter, and recording artist who is lately performing on classical and baroque guitar. He is also a historian who has written and published books and articles on the early history of California.
2. Kunal Jain An Esperanza High School alumnus (’04), Kunal Jain graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering (’08). Following undergrad, Kunal worked as a systems engineer on classified programs for the Raytheon Corporation. While with Raytheon, Kunal also graduated from Southwestern Law School’s part-time evening program (’13), passing both the California Bar and Patent Bar in 2013. Since then, Kunal has launched several companies which he now runs, including: Jain Law Offices, P.C. (Business, IP, and Employment Firm), ExpungeAmerica Corp. (Technology Based Law Firm) and AKR Mining, Inc. (Cryptocurrency Mining/Investing Company). As of today, those companies employ over 250 people across the United States.
3.Jaryd Lucero Jaryd Lucero graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications concentrating in journalism in 2012. Jaryd was the detour editor for the Daily Titan, CSUF’s school newspaper. Jaryd found a love for video production through his journalism courses and through his internship at the Orange County Register creating news packages. Currently, Jaryd is an editor for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As an editor for UFC’s live production department Jaryd edits fight promos and all other video assets for the live broadcasts.
4. Stephanie Eiler After graduating from El Dorado in 2015, Stephanie Eiler began undergraduate courses at MIT. She began researching battery technology her freshman fall. After falling in love with the field, she interned at two different battery companies during her breaks between semesters, including a start-up that had spun out of her academic research group. Stephanie graduated from MIT in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering and began working at Quantumscape as a material scientist. At Quantumscape, a solid-state battery start-up that’s partnered with Volkswagen, Stephanie researches high-risk and high-reward projects under the CTO and founder. Currently, her work spans from improving manufacturing processes to preventing cell degradation.