Welcome to Let’s Grow STEAMx where we are on a mission to empower our future leaders with real world connections to their education! We understand the immense importance of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) subjects in today’s global workforce. Our vision is to ensure that young minds in the greater Columbus region and beyond not only discover but also embrace the boundless opportunities and possibilities in the world of STEAM.
Our journey began in 2014 with an idea to provide an opportunity to exhibit STEAM education through project-based learning activities. Future leaders throughout Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama registered for an opportunity to showcase their projects and win prizes. In 2016, the success of this community STEAM competition evolved, allowing the introduction of the inaugural Youth College and Career Expo (YCCExpo), a game changer for local future leaders seeking information on educational and career pathways in STEAM. By bringing together businesses, community organizations, colleges, and universities, YCCExpo opens a whole new world of opportunities, inspiring countless future leaders to dream big about their life after high school.
Our passion to provide fun educational offerings for future leaders continued to evolve as we discovered soap box derby (gravity) racing, to be a perfect fit with our core values of fostering steam learning through an academic sport. Since 2017, we’ve been organizing free STEAM base workshops in the community, bringing the thrill of gravity racing to young enthusiasts. Collaborating with esteemed partners like Albany State University, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the Columbus Museum, and Columbus State University Math Collaborative, we’ve showcased the fascinating aspects of engineering, science and math behind gravity racing.
Over the years, we’ve grown and expanded our program to include a sanctioned race, a significant milestone for us. This progressive step has allowed participants to compete at the international soapbox Derby in Akron, Ohio, where they rub shoulders with racers from around the globe, experiencing the thrill of healthy competition and friendship with a focus on education.
Today, we are thrilled to share the expansion of our platform, dedicated to nurturing future leaders. Our year-round college and career readiness program offers a wealth of opportunities, including mentorship, mock interviews, college and career exploration, as well as engaging coding, engineering activities, and gravity racing.
Together, let’s pave the way for a bright and successful future! Join us at Let’s Grow STEAMx and together, let’s nurture a generation of curious, innovative, and confident young learners who will shape the future with their STEAM powered brilliance!
Since its inception, Let’s Grow STEAMx has exposed thousands of students to hands-on experiences, internships, networking, and college and career opportunities in the local region and beyond…and we’re just getting started!
To empower future leaders and communities worldwide to harness the limitless power of their imagination. Through our competitive, traveling educational platforms, enriching camps, and innovative products, we cultivate a lifelong love for learning. Join us on this transformative journey!
To enrich, grow, and strengthen the offerings of education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in an informal, fun, community atmosphere that activates greater depth of learning for participants.
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is passionate about creating access and opportunity for young people in STEAM. They serve as a liaison between public schools and the private sector, connecting employers with their future workforce and helping youth make informed, inspired decisions about their education after high school.
David Britt, II, LGSx Chairman
Lionel Haynes, Jr, Finance & Risk, Nominating Committee
Ethan Branch, LGSx Board Member, Volunteer Leadership
Ebone’ Cutts Ed. S, LGSx Board Member, College and Career Readiness
Mark Harris, LGSx Board Member, River City Race Program
Wanja Ngugi, LGSx Board Member, Development
Karen M. Price, LGSx Board Member, Finance & Risk
James Ray, LGSx Board Member, Education Council
Honorable Calvin Smyre, LGSx Board Member
Miriam Williams, LGSx Board Member, Governance