(504) 391-0730 info@stemnola.com 4910 Drexel Drive. Xavier University, Box 61 New Orleans, LA 70125

About STEM Saturdays

“STEM Saturdays with Dr. Mackie” will provide city-wide family, and community-based academic events each month where students and parents can attend, and learn together. STEM NOLA will partner with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) to host events at NORDC facilities across the city, at the following sites: Joe Brown Park, The Treme Center, The Lyons Center and Behrman Park.

The goal of the STEM NOLA program is to engage the entire community around Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM). By holding widely publicized events on the 2nd Saturday of each month, all participants - parents, teachers, community volunteers and/or corporate volunteers, will be given an opportunity to engage students in fun, and educational STEM-Based activities. The community will be exposed to STEM activities that they can choose to participate in as a family, at any time. People in underserved communities do not take advantage of such activities because they have not been exposed. “STEM Saturdays with Dr. Mackie” will provide youth, especially urban youth, with exposure to activities and create curiosity about life, education and careers in STEM.


  • STEM NOLA (SN) is an organization founded by New Orleans native, and former tenured Tulane University Engineering professor, Dr. Calvin Mackie. The purpose of its existence is to expose, inspire and engage members in the surrounding communities about the opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
  • "STEM Saturdays with Dr. Mackie" is only one of the components of STEM NOLA that will provide city wide family and community based hands-on academic each month. Students and parents can attend, and learn together.
  • STEM Saturday and all other events will be fee based depending on the parent's economic status. Students receiving free and reduced lunch at school will be free. See Pricing
  • Parents must Register their childrenonline for EACH Saturday event andComplete the registration packet.The registration packet must be downloaded/printed out and returned to The STEMNOLA office via email (info@stemnola.com) or fax (504-391-0760), or brought to the Camp Site on the day of participation. Note: The Full Registration Packet should be completed only once and must be on file with STEM NOLA.
  • STEM NOLA will partner with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) to host such events at NORDC facilities across the city, including: Joe Brown Park, The Treme Center, The Lyons Center and Behrman Park, every second Saturday of each month.
  • Dr. Mackie's mission is to show the community that STEM-Based activities (Innovating, Creating, Building, Making and Producing) are the new recreation for the 21st Century.
  • The Initial STEM NOLA Kick-Off was held on Dec 14th at Joe Brown Park and was sponsored by AXA Financial, Cox Cable of New Orleans, Councilman James Gray (District E), Channel ZerO Group and NORDC. (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
  • Certified Teachers, College Students, and Corporate Volunteers will serve as Instructors and Mentors for STEM Saturday events.
  • Certified Teachers, College Students, and Corporate Volunteers will serve as Instructors and Mentors for STEM Saturday events.

To participate in STEM Saturday, Parents need to Register their child(ren) and then complete a full registration packet. A full registration packet is needed on file before students will be allowed to participate in Saturday programming. To Register for STEM SATURDAYS please click here.


Space is Limited, & Participation Will Be Based Upon A First Come/First Serve Basis. The Maximum Student Participation is 100 (One Hundred) Students:

8:30 - 9:00 AMArrival of Students & Parents
9:00 - 9:15 AMStudent/Parent Orientation: Introductions/Expectations
9:15 AM Facilitated Lesson begins (Understanding of Concepts, Lecture, Power Point & Readings
9:45 AM Break: Light Refreshments - 15 minutes
10:00 - 11:15 PMHands-On Learning: Application of Concepts
11:15 - 12:00 PMProject Presentations, Concept Review, & Handouts
12:00 Dismissal/Parent Pick-up


The STEM NOLA program "Saturdays With Dr. Calvin Mackie" is operated by a hybrid fee program that includes all levels of socio-economic participation. This is dictated by a sliding scale of fees. There are requirements that must be met for students to participate in the STEM Saturdays program via the Free and Reduced Lunch status: 1. Student(s) must be residents of Orleans Parish; and, 2. Student(s) must show proof of residency in Orleans Parish. Students who live outside of Orleans Parish, but wish to participate in STEM Saturdays, are required to pay the full fee of $60.00. Students who receive free lunch, at their respective schools can access programming for free. Students who receive reduced lunch, at their respective schools, will receive a 50% discount. Students who do not participate in the aforementioned lunch programs will pay a "per program fee" of $60 per session. A package fee is available, based upon the number of students participating from one family, or the amount of sessions being purchased at one time for a student. Proof of a student's lunch status can be obtained from their respective school's cafeteria manager, or the school's front office. Credit Cards, and Certified Funds (Cashier's Check and/or Money Orders) are the only forms of acceptable payments, either online, or at the actual site.

"The Scale of the Solution Must Equal the Scale of the Problem"


January 2019 – No Programming

February 9, 2019 - Sanchez Center

March 9, 2019 – Gernon Brown Center

April 13, 2019 – Cut-Off Center

May 4, 2019 – Joe W. Brown Multi-Purpose Facility

June 2019 – No Programming

July 13, 2019 – Lyons Center

August 10, 2019 – Gernon Brown Center

September 14, 2019 – Cut-Off Center

October 12, 2019 - Sanchez Center

November 9, 2019 - Milne Center

December 14, 2018 - Joe W. Brown Multi-Purpose Facility