Working together to improve educational outcomes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for all Ventura County students

In response to the current COVID-19 crisis: After prolonged conversation, weighing the merits of maintaining our annual STEM Champions/Radicals campaign, the Program Committee of the VC STEM Network recommends postponement of the May 2020 campaign to a later date. A final decision to suspend the campaign for the 2019-20 school year will be considered by the VC STEM Steering Committee at it’s June 2020 meeting.

Helping the Heroes Battle Covid-19

Residents have been using their 3D printers lately in Ventura County to create face shields for our health care workers. Emerging from the fear, anxiety, and feelings of powerlessness caused by Covid-19, citizens in Ventura County have joined together to collaborate on the construction of personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as PPE.  When confronted with the problem of insufficient quantities of PPE and more specifically, face shields, for health care workers at county hospitals, Dr. Phil Hampton and Alex Wulff used their networks to find the solution. 



  • INSPIRE  PK-20 students’ interest and pursuance of STEM as an Educational path and future career
  • COLLABORATE  to expand networking and resource sharing across sectors (employers, educators, policymakers, funders, and others) to increase capacity to serve Ventura County PK-20 students
  • ENGAGE  partners in cultivating a broader pool of students who are pursuing STEM-related degrees and careers
  • EDUCATE PK-20 educators, leaders, and the community on high-impact STEM learning practices and encourage their adoption in formal and informal settings

Thank you to everyone who made this year's Science Carnival another great success!

Bringing STEM Equity to Ventura County

The VC STEM Network is partnering with STEM professionals to show students in Ventura County what they can become.  During 2019 over 1000 students have had the opportunity to interact with scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians.  We strive to ensure Ventura County students are college and career ready, and to increase the number of students who are pursuing STEM related careers and degrees.

Our STEAM Resource Fair & VC STEM Convening

Watch our Junior Scientist on KEYT https://www.keyt.com/news/ventura-county/oxanrd-elementary-students-eat-insects-for-junior-scientist-experiment/1077788576

Mentor Opportunities

Make a difference in the lives of youth in Ventura County by becoming a mentor. We believe that all youth should have the opportunity to succeed in life and live up to their full potential. Some kids need someone to help them along that path.

STEM Mentoring, Get STEM Inspired

STEM professionals share their inspiring story in person or through video conference in Ventura County classrooms. This series of interactions create lasting impacts on children by providing role models for them to emulate.  It also helps educators to understand how today’s STEM instruction, and student learning, influence tomorrow’s scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians.

Blog and Newsletter

Who We Are

The Ventura County STEM Network, VC STEM, is a group of key decision makers from education, business, parent organizations, and community agencies dedicated to improving academic access and excellence.  

STEM Inspired is a Ventura County STEM Network initiative that makes STEM professions visible to students. It has evolved into many different inspiring projects.
Interviews, Classroom Presentations, and Toolkits
Stem Inspired Stories, Classroom, and University Student Led Project

STEM Inspired