Our Story – Bringing Equity to STEM Education

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Our Story

Our story is about sharing a passion for computing, and bringing equity to STEM education.

Reno (2008)

Pavel comes to Reno in 2008 and joins UNR as an Associate Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics. He is your typical scientist who barely cares about anything but crunching numbers on supercomputers and writing scientific articles and books about it.

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coding courses and 3D modeling for kids

Road Trip (2010)

In 2010, Pavel joins a colleague and visits a number of K-12 schools in rural Nevada. He realizes that most of the schools sadly lack the technology and knowledge to teach their students essential 21st century STEM job skills. Therefore he starts visiting rural schools more often, and trains teachers in computer programming, 3D modeling, computer algebra, computational chemistry, fractals, LaTeX, and other cool STEM subjects. The number of schools that are interested in these workshops is quickly growing.

NCLab

NCLab (Network Computing Laboratory) is soon created as a free public cloud platform to provide instant online access to a wide range of computational STEM activities. The platform is used for teacher training, camps, and after school programs. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) soon invites Pavel to train hundreds of teacher annually through their webinars and hands-on ISTE conference workshops.

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coding courses and 3D modeling for kids

Working with Students

In 2013, the NCLab Team organizes the first 2-day computer programming and 3D modeling summer camp. It is a huge success. Due to an increasing demand, camps are offered in all breaks throughout the year, with several sections in the summer. After school programs in the Reno-Sparks area are added in 2014.

The Pull

In five years, without any marketing or sales efforts, through a purely organic growth, NCLab expands to all Nevada school districts. In 2016, it is selected by the Nevada Department of Education to become the integral part of the Nevada Ready 21 program, and is endorsed by Governor Brian Sandoval. In the same year, NCLab is adopted by the system of Nevada public libraries and by the Signature Academies (CTE high schools) in Nevada. At the same time, NCLab starts expanding organically into numerous other states and to other countries.

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coding courses and 3D modeling for kids

Our Story Continues…

Currently, the company is growing its team as well as the educational, software, hardware, and business infrastructure to sustain a rapidly increasing demand for our self-paced  and self-graded computer programming and 3D modeling courses. We are more passionate about bringing equitable access to STEM education to all learners than ever before. As soon as we have enough stability, we will develop new self-paced and self-graded courses that will change the K-12 education. Stay in touch – we’d like to hear from you. Read our newsletter, check our blog, and contact us!