Local non-profit recycles electronics to pay for STEM programs

Reuseum in Garden City recycles old electronics to pay for STEM programs for underprivileged kids. (KBOI Photo)

"We're very hands on. We build robots. We build robot cars. We use 3D printers that our store manager, Kyle, has engineered and developed."

The Reuseum in Garden City is a non-profit, bringing STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - into the lives of underserved and underpriviledged children.

"I get really thrilled when i see all these kids squealing and laughing and having a good time doing, what they don't know is, science!"

They repurpose or refurbish old electronics. With the money raised from the retail store, they're able to offer STEM workshops to children and a low rate.

Steven Rodoletz is the executive director of Reuseum Educational Inc. He helped turn Reuseum into a non-profit in 2012 after noticing a gap in STEM education.

"There's a lack of appreciation for science and technology amongst very young people. In particular, women."

Reuseum Educational Inc. provides STEM workshops for girl scouts, libraries, private and public schools.

Rodoletz and his team are trying to prove that kids don't need to be intimidated by science and engineering. He says young kids are hesitant to go into STEM-related fields because it is too hard.

In 2015, they served 3,000 kids. In the first quarter of 2017 they've already served 3,900. But in order to keep growing, they say they need help from local businesses and tech companies.

"Bring us your surplus. We'll put it to good use for the kids," Rodoletz said.

Some of these 90-minute workshops go for less than eight dollars. Parents who are interested can sign their kids up here.

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