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We Teach STEAM Labs.

At the SIMPLR STEAM Playground (located at 710 Cross Pointe Rd. in Gahanna, OH), we teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) project labs to kids in grades K through 8.  We also use our "Roving Classroom" model to reach students all around the Columbus metropolitan area by bringing our labs directly to schools, community centers, and after-school locations. 

 

 
 
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How We Do It


How We Do It


We Focus on the Future!

 

Our goal at SIMPLR is to prepare your child for the future. That means that our classes, which we call labs, are designed to expose your child to the technologies, concepts, and ideas that will impact their lives. These technologies include (but are not limited to) drones, virtual reality, computer science, augmented reality, and 3D printing. 

Beyond the technologies, we focus on mental development using STEAM. STEAM is more than simply the content areas that make up the acronym. When children engage in "STEAM activities" they establish and increase their spatial intelligence, which is key in understanding and excelling in ALL aspects of life.  Our philosophy centers around the following key areas:

 

Spatial-Intelligence

Play

Innovation

Literacy

Making

Reasoning

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Why We Do It


Why We Do It


 

The Future

Ask any innovator what inspired them as a child. More times than not, you'll find that they were driven by the promise of the future and a desire to make it a reality. 

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) careers and fields will dominate our future. At the current rate at which students enter these fields, there will be a shortfall of qualified and motivated individuals to fill these jobs. Introducing more kids to STEAM activities at an earlier age is the only way to ensure that we have a workforce prepared for the future. Not only does STEAM education work to fill jobs for the future but it also is more suited to how kids naturally learn. Hands-on problem solving and teamwork are at the core of what we do at SIMPLR and we are working to spread our philosophy. 

 
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About Us


Passionate educators working to develop a new STEAM education framework.

About Us


Passionate educators working to develop a new STEAM education framework.

Maurice Womack, MBA, Co-founder

Maurice Womack has over 13 years experience as a mechanical engineer. Maurice has held positions at Battelle, the Defense Logistics Agency, and MS Consultants. While at Battelle, his role as a research engineer afforded him the opportunity to design and develop advanced energetic systems and security technology for many agencies within the U.S. Department of Defense. In addition to Maurice's current duties as a lead engineer for the Defense Logistics Agency, he is also an instructor of engineering technology at Columbus State Community College (CSCC). His position at CSCC has given him great insight into student interest in engineering and he has implemented several SIMPLR® lessons in his classroom with great success. 

Maurice has had a passion for engineering and technology since he was a child in Youngstown, OH. He was exposed, at a young age, to great science fiction series such as Star Trek® and Star Wars® and they inspired him to dream of creating the future. Maurice became interested in robotics by watching Transformers, GoBots, and Voltron; therefore, he understands the need to utilize Sci-Fi-Com to attract, inform, and inspire kids to imagine the future and to instill, in them, a passion for STEAM.


Erica Womack, Ph.D., Co-founder

Erica Womack, Ph.D., recently left her position as an Assistant Professor at Otterbein University to manage the day-to-day operations of the SIMPLR STEAM Playground. For four years, Erica taught pre-service teachers in language arts methods and literacy education courses. In 2013, Erica earned her Ph.D. in Education from The Ohio State University while specializing in adolescent literacies, content area literacies, critical pedagogy, and urban education. 

Prior to entering the doctoral program, Erica worked as a high school English Language Arts teacher for five years and as a Specific Learning Disabilities tutor for one year in the Columbus City Schools district. Erica has worked with students at every secondary grade level (9-12) and has taught courses that include American Literature, British Literature, World Humanities, and Advanced Placement English Language and Composition.

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Contact Us


Send us an email at hello@simplrstem.com or

use the form below.

Contact Us


Send us an email at hello@simplrstem.com or

use the form below.

 

Contact us today and let's work together to inspire the next generation of innovators!

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