Youth and Families

What is EMSP’s vision?
EMSP envisions an East Multnomah County where children, youth, and adults have equitable access to and are engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) learning that results in a skilled workforce and increased economic opportunity.

Every student, regardless of where you live in Oregon, deserves access to the learning experiences that will inspire you to be innovators and prepare you to help solve the challenges of tomorrow.

Why join EMSP?

  • Gain valuable skills, knowledge, and connections through fun and engaging STEAM activities in and out of school.
  • Learn about high-wage, high-demand jobs in our region, accessible through STEAM education.
  • Contribute to the future of STEAM education by joining EMSP in a variety of leadership roles.

What is STEAM?
STEAM can be viewed as applied curiosity the insatiable desire to know and wonder, coupled with a creative drive to make, invent, and contribute to the betterment of humanity.

STEAM Careers

Pathways to Manufacturing works with schools and industry partners to create clear pathways to careers in the manufacturing industry among Portland-area youth and their families.

STEM Jobs connects today’s students with the in-demand careers of tomorrow in science, technology, engineering, and math.

eGFI created a tool that allows you to explore engineering pathways. helps students find the best cyber security degree programs and learn about high-demand career opportunities in STEAM.

Resources and Activities

Plug Into Portland Does your K-12 student volunteer at your local library, a favorite nonprofit, or at school? Kids in the Portland metro can earn a desktop computer from Free Geek by volunteering for 24 hours in their community.

Common Sense Media is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. They empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

Instrucatables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your creations.

The Tinkering Studio is a studio workshop at the Exploratorium for playful invention, investigation, and collaboration.

The Curiosity Machine invites you to practice by building hands-on engineering design challenges. They believe that through building, you learn not only how something works, but why it works.

Make: Magazine is a publication of Maker Media. Maker Media is a global platform for connecting Makers with each other, with products and services, and with their partners.

The Raspberry Pi is a series of credit card-sized single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and developing countries.

Arduino is an open-source project that created microcontroller-based kits for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control physical devices.

Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show is a DIY web show on everything cool and worth Making.

Sparkfun is an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible. No matter what your vision is, our products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible to the average person

The Art of STEM is Portland’s only toy store dedicated to STEM!

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations and share your creations with others in the online community. is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.