STOMP stands for the Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program. The STOMP model is designed to create partnerships between Science, Technology, engineering, and math (STEM) "experts" and K-12 teachers in developing and implementing interactive STEM lessons.
K-12 teachers benefit by gaining knowledge of STEM concepts, subsequently becoming more comfortable in teaching these subjects in their classrooms. STEM "experts", in the form of university students, industry employees, and high school student, benefit in that they are awarded an opportunity to work with their local community, gaining communication, teaching, and leadership skills.
STOMP began at Tufts University in 2001. Since its inception, the success and impact on both the K-12 population and university students has inspired other institutions and industries to become part of the STOMP network.
Originally funded by a generous 3-year grant from the LLL Foundation, the success of STOMP at Tufts persuaded the foundation to fund the program for an additional 10 years so that the program efforts could focus on expanding and sustaining STOMP on a national level. Upon securing this funding, Tufts has helped several other universities launch a STOMP program through STOMP start-up support.
Click here to learn more about how to launch a STOMP program.