MATE Indiana - STEMNASIUM Circle City Regional ROV Competition
REGIONAL COORDINATION TEAM
Tariq Al-Nasir is the founder, CEO, and servant leader of STEMNASIUM. Al-Nasir is a recognized thought leader and innovator in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Tariq is a 2020 Mind Trust Charter School Cohort 7 Fellow. Tariq is also the winner of The Mind Trust's 2016 Charter School Innovation Summit. Tariq, aka Coach T or Professor T-Molecule, a former intelligence officer and U.S. operative in the U.S. Armed Forces, has earned advanced degrees and certificates from MIT, NYU, Duke, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, and Stanford University. Coach T is also fluent in Urdu, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Cantonese. Coach T has been a guest/keynote speaker at MEPI, Thea Bowman leadership Academy, MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, and The University of Pennsylvania. STEMNASIUM has partnered with the Community College of Philadelphia, Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, Estella's Brilliant Bus, Google, Phalen Leadership Academies, and Global Prep Academy @ School 44 Riverside. Under Coach T's Leadership, STEMNASIUM has experienced great results in just 1 year, his program expanded from serving 30 Indianapolis Scholars to serving more than 3000 scholars from Indianapolis to Gary, Indiana. In 2011, STEMNSAIUM's 3rd-grade robotics team won an award at Drexel University for their underwater robotic design. The 2012 STEMNASIUM's 4th and 5th-grade robotics teams placed third in the MATE regional underwater robotics competition at Villanova University. A team of STEMNASIUM 8th graders also received the Global Innovation Award from Lego Education for designing a handheld breast cancer screening device, for which they received a United States Provisional Patent. Samiah Turner a 3rd grader attending STEMNASIUM @Phalen Leadership Academies released her autobiography, "My Life As An 8-Year-Old Engineer" in 2018. In 2014, STEMNSAIUM scholar Zora Ball became the youngest person to create and code a mobile game app.
One of the things that inspired Coach T to design STEMNASIUM was his son being diagnosed with Asperger's, a condition that affects how he learns, interacts, and imagines. Coach T wanted to provide his son with the best opportunity to succeed in common and technical subjects. Because of his unique learning style, Al-Nasir had to engage his son using "bite-sized" language concepts. This became the foundation for STEMNASIUM teaching pedagogy "Breadcrumbs". In Breadcrumbs, the best answer is the simplest, most fundamental answer that can easily be shared with someone with no STEM background, passing the "grandma test".
Coach T believes that every student is a superhero and all superheroes have an origin story. For more than a decade, STEMNASIUM has been engaging students as early as pre-kindergarten to show students how to discover and how to unlock their STEM and Computer Science superpowers. Many of these students participate in STEMNASIUM from marginalized communities where high quality and truly engaging STEM programs are non-existent. STEMNASIUM believes that all kids have superpowers and Every Superhero has an Origin Story.