Engineering a stronger STEM workforce, right here in our own backyard
KC Engineering Zone (KC EZ) is a safe and supportive 4,200-square-foot workspace where Kansas City’s K-12 urban students acquire real-world knowledge, skills and experience through hands-on science, technology, engineering and math programming.
Students in the central city too often lack the STEM education and enrichment opportunities afforded those in more affluent Kansas City metro area neighborhoods and schools. The KC EZ serves as a build space for three urban FIRST Robotics teams, hosts teacher and student events, and is available for other STEM programs including summer camps.
KC EZ launched in early 2015 in partnership with UMKC School of Computing and Engineering and with assistance from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and five major founding partners: US Engineering, NNSA, Honeywell, BNIM, JE Dunn and Mark One Electric. These founding project partners stepped up to provide in-kind donations of space, equipment and project management, as well as pledging down-the-road corporate commitments of financial and volunteer support.
You can help this important initiative by making a financial investment in KC EZ or volunteering your time.