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Nyla Nova STEMversity: Empowering young minds toward brilliance

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Nyla Nova STEMversity is nurturing Indiana’s new generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders.

Nyla Nova STEMversity’s philosophy revolves around interactive learning experiences, going beyond traditional classroom settings to spark a passion for exploration. Their programs, catering to ages four and up (including adults), encompass diverse offerings, from engaging after-school programs and weekend workshops to exciting summer camps and birthday parties. Whether building robots, dissecting ecosystems or coding creative video games, every activity is designed to foster critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration skills.

“We originally started as children’s book authors. We have always wanted to make learning fun,” founder and CEO Nakeisha Washington said.

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Founder and CEO of Nyla Nova STEMversity Nakeisha Washington. (Photo provided/Nyla Nova STEMversity)
Founder and CEO of Nyla Nova STEMversity Nakeisha Washington. (Photo provided/Nyla Nova STEMversity)

These series of books first depicted the Nyla Nova character, “a STEM Superhero with the ability to solve mysteries using her STEM powers,” Washington said. “Their mission is to encourage girls, especially girls of color, to believe in themselves and to develop confidence and skills in the areas of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.”

Washington, a former science teacher and assistant principal, understands the impact of STEM programs on developing minds.

“Our programs are designed to resolve a lack of interest and awareness in STEM, access to differentiated educational programs, and cultural inclusivity by increasing problem-solving and critical thinking skills to help students make better decisions in all aspects of life,” Washington said.

Nyla Nova maintains a commitment to inclusivity and education. Recognizing the underrepresentation of minorities in STEM fields, it actively strives to provide access to diverse students. Through scholarships, community outreach programs and collaborations with local organizations, the company is breaking barriers and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or socioeconomic status, can explore the wonders of STEM.

Founder of Brave Youth Before and After School Program Mary Caldwell commends Washington’s work on revitalizing the interest in STEM among youth.

“She [Washington] has been doing some great things with Nyla Nova STEMversity,” Caldwell said.

As Indianapolis embraces its growing reputation as a tech hub, local schools are partnering with the organization for enrichment programs, nurturing the next generation of innovators, inventors and changemakers.

For more information on programs from Nyla Nova STEMversity, contact them here or at 317-910-2559.

Contact multimedia staff writer Noral Parham III at 317-762-7846. Email him at noralp@indyrecorder.com. Follow him on Twitter @3Noral. For more news courtesy of the Indianapolis Recorder, click here.

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