West Suburban STEM

We are a 501c3 public charity, dedicated to providing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities for school age children in the Chicago Western Suburbs.

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Our Mission

West Suburban STEM provides Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities for children and teens. These activities include robotics teams, math or computer science clubs, workshops and STEM fairs, and other programs as opportunities arise.

Through these programs, participants learn about engineering and design processes, computer programming, electronics, CAD, and other hands on skills. They also learn teamwork, leadership skills, critical thinking and problem solving, budgeting and business development skills, public speaking and communication, coaching and mentoring, fundraising and how to find and engage investors.

We supply equipment and funding to cover registration fees, travel and lodging for events, and other expenses, and participate in fundraising activities to support and promote these activities. We also provide adult volunteers and mentors, and opportunities for outreach to the local community.

Our Programs

From robotics and programming, to biology and community outreach...

FTC 10836 STEMper Fi

Our FIRST Tech Challenge team won the Judges Award at the 2023 Illinois State Championship

VEX IQ Challenge

Beginning in 2019, our middle school robotics program moved from Illinois 4-H Robotics to compete in the VEX IQ Challenge

STEM Workshops

Our former co-chair Laura B., teaching fish dissection during DuPage County 4-H’s STEM Week activities

Science and STEM Fairs

STEMper Fi partnering with a local 4-H group to teach programming and robotics at the Elmhurst Public Library X-STREAM Fest


Team members volunteer as judges, scorekeepers, and even game designers for robotics competitions through 4-H and FIRST

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West Suburban STEM

FTC 10836 STEMper Fi