Engaging youth in STEM through Journalism since 2017
Over our three year history, STEMATIX has recruited over 500 student STEM journalists, artists, photographers, and graphic designers from 43 countries worldwide. This network of STEM investigators has published nine magazines, 600+ pages of content, podcasts, multiple video journalism projects, and organized dozens of interdisciplinary STEM education events. In light of COVID-19, our global network published coronavirus-focused magazines that offered an array of articles, interviews, art, and infographics. Our magazine's widespread distribution showed us that international and transdisciplinary approaches to STEM are not just possible—they are necessary. While our journalistic initiatives are widespread, garnering thousands of impressions every month, our impact goes far beyond just our magazines and multiple publications. STEMATIX is heavily invested in conducting outreach throughout the global community by spreading the importance of integrating STEM with journalism. We have established over 30 youth-led STEM-Journalism chapters across the globe. Through our chapter model, we have engaged thousands of students through our events, workshops, video journalism projects, and multiple journalistic initiatives. Over the summer, in collaboration with mentors from Stanford University, we hosted the "STEMATIX Labs" event— a one-week incubator for middle and high school students to pursue multidisciplinary research projects. In addition to STEMATIX Labs, we established an international Youth Ethics & Science Policy Committee (YESP) to provide a platform for STEMATIX contributors to express their views and opinions on controversial subjects in the science field. We've even spoken at education conferences and developed a comprehensive STEM journalism curriculum for educators to implement in their classrooms. In summary, STEMATIX has engaged thousands of youth in STEM through journalism. Through our chapter programs and partnerships, we know that STEMATIX will continue to define the role of journalism in STEM education for many years to come.